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B3 – Access for all

How are we doing on this objective

Carry out works to improve access on appropriate public rights of way and established permissive routes, so that 262km (10%) are suitable for users of all ages and abilities by 2024.


Progress: Through an audit of the new area of the national park a further 18km of routes have been identified as being suitable for all users taking the total to 198km.


Rationale: The Local Access Forum considers the access improvements that have taken place in the last 5 years to be one of the success stories from the last National Park Management Plan. The objective would increase the proportion of the network available to a wide range of users (currently 6.5% following the extension of the Park boundary) by improving around 100km of routes.  In recent years there has been a step change in the equipment available to help increase the accessibility of the rights of way network overall.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales Farming & Land Management Forum; Experience Community; Access the Dales; Cumbria County Council

Further information:   YDNPA – Access for All       

Cost over 5 years:              £100,000

Funding shortfall:               None

Related objectives:            B1; B2; B4;

Ecosystem services: Recreation

Trade-offs:   Potential impacts on landscape character (A3) are through the principles set out in Special Qualities, Special Experiences.

Baseline: 170 km of routes suitable for users of all ages and abilities (March 2018)


‘State of the Park’ indicator – YES