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Access the Dales

'Access the Dales' is dedicated to promoting accessible walks in the Yorkshire Dales. It is run by Debbie North, who lives in a farmhouse near Kirkby Stephen. On the website you can find lots of routes, advice, listings of accessible accommodation and more.


Pushchair and wheelchair friendly routes

There are various walks in and around Kirkby Stephen suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and those who require a reasonably flat, firm surface to walk on.

The Northern Viaduct Trust walk along the old railway line to the east of the town is designated a 'Miles without Stiles' route. There is free leaflet to download (PDF) describing the walk.

Jubilee Park, at the southern end of the town, has a disabled cark park at the side to allow level access to the summerhouse with views over Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Edge. There is a good pavement surface and ramps all the way to and from the town.

Many will find the walk along the old railway track at Smardale suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. There is a fairly steep ramp at the start of the route from the car parking area, but after that it is flat.

There's a special buggy walk around Brough with a map to follow and features to look out for. Download the PDF

A short distance away, at Appleby-in-Westmorland, there is a very pleasant 'Miles without Stiles' walk by the riverside. Download the free leaflet (PDF).

We are very keen to develop more 'limited mobility' routes in our area and to learn of any issues on local paths. Please use the Report a problem form to let us know of any problems.

Special offers

You can download to an app or print out three free walks near Kirkby Stephen from the Walkingworld website. One is a circuit of the Smardale nature reserve including the imposing viaduct. There is an exploration of the Eden Viaducts near Kirkby Stephen that includes I-Spy sheets for spotting features en-route. The third is a rugged hill walk to the summit of Wild Boar Fell. Simply join Walkingworld to access these walks.
Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome Steering Group. Contact us
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