First ever walking guidebook for wheelchair users published in Britain - Ordnance Survey

(OS) breaking new ground with walking book designed so wheelchair users can adventure off the beaten track in Cumbria.

OS’s new ‘Pathfinder Lake District and Cumbria – Accessible Routes for All’ walking guidebook opens doors to 38 stunning short walks in the Lake District National Park, the tranquil Cumbrian Solway Coast, and along sections of Hadrian’s Wall.

The guidebook aims to empower wheelchair users to explore the beauty of the British countryside. Every single route has been meticulously crafted to ensure a seamless experience, so they can fully immerse themselves in the landscapes and hidden treasures the Lake District and Cumbria has to offer.

The guidebook has been categorised into one of four accessibility ratings: easy, moderate, challenging, and very challenging. This grading system allows individuals to choose routes that align with the levels they are comfortable with – ensuring a safe and enjoyable adventure.

All routes in the guidebook are also pushchair friendly and suitable for families with young children. It is the latest book in OS’s Pathfinder series, a range of books designed for experienced walkers to follow.

'Pathfinder Lake District and Cumbria Accessible Routes for All' was written by author Mike Routledge, who lives and works in Cumbria. Mike is a volunteer at the Calvert Trust based near Keswick, a specialist outdoor residential centre offering a range of accessible activity breaks for the people with disabilities.

Nick Giles, OS MD for Leisure, added: “This is a first anywhere in Britain. OS is committed to making the outdoors accessible and safe for everyone, and we are delighted to have supported Mike in creating this book that makes walking routes accessible for all to enjoy. It will mean wheelchair users can plan their routes with confidence, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable day out from start to finish."

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Posted On: 11/08/2023

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