Forests for all - Accessibility case studies

Everyone should be able to enjoy the countryside. But for people with a disability, it's not always easy. They need paths to be as accessible as possible, with clear, consistent information to help them choose the path that's right for them.

Between 2010 and 2013 we carried out a major review of the "all ability" paths on the National Forest Estate. We wanted to see if they met current accessibility standards, and find out what we could improve.

We then carried out a series of projects to remodel existing routes, build new ones and improve facilities like parking and toilets.

These case studies describe our experiences. We hope they’ll provide useful information – as well as inspiration – for others.

accessibility casestudy aldie burnAldie Burn (PDF 1MB)

We improved the all ability trail at this popular forest, and brought it up to current standards.

accessibility casestudy aldie burnCallendar Wood (PDF 787KB)

Working in partnership with a local trust, we created an all ability circuit through attractive woodland.

accessibility casestudy aldie burnPuck’s Glen (PDF 1.2MB)

An example of how to make sure everyone can get a taste of a site’s special character, even where a full easy access route just isn’t possible.

accessibility casestudy aldie burnThe Waterfall Trail (PDF 770KB)

A new trail at the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park that lets everyone get to one of the park’s most popular features.

accessibility casestudy aldie burnThe Wild Watch Trail (PDF 864KB)

Flexible use of materials and a DIY approach helped to create an accessible trail at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, in Dumfries.