Walking with limited mobility

Walking with limited mobility  

Exploring safely with limited mobility and using a wheelchair  

Limited mobility doesn’t mean you have to miss out on time in nature. After all, the countryside should be open to everyone. Yet, it’s not always easy to access if you’re not very mobile or use a wheelchair. However, by knowing what to look out for, you can choose a route that’s accessible. Or, with a bit of planning, you can be prepared for obstacles.  

  • Stiles, steps, and overhanging trees can cause problems depending on how mobile you are, especially if you use a wheelchair. If you’re likely to struggle with them on your own but could manage them with some help, perhaps walk with someone else. If that’s not an option or if they would still stop you in your tracks, research the route well before you head out.  

  • While places open to walkers should be open to wheelchairs too, many country paths have uneven surfaces that might make them difficult to use. If you’re keen to explore these routes, some mobility scooters are designed for more rugged terrain. But remember to check for stiles, steps, narrow or potentially blocked paths when planning.  

  • Make sure your walk has everything you need especially if you need regular rest stops, accessible toilets, an extra-wide parking space, or rely on public transport.  

Accessible trails are becoming more commonplace, with gates unlocked with a RADAR key and signed diversions that avoid stiles, steps, and other obstructions. Some country parks and sites loan mobility scooters, and some arrange assistance for people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.  

Discover a wealth of walking and exploring opportunities with the Ramblers 

Search our online library jam-packed with tried-and-tested routes 

Search our Group Walks Finder for group-led walks 

Take your first steps to being more active, with confidence  

Ramblers Wellbeing Walks are ideal for getting started with exploring and staying active. Support from trained walk leaders helps you take those first steps towards being more active. And you’ll be amongst a friendly bunch all walking and exploring for their own reasons - whether to ward off illness, manage health conditions or boost wellbeing.  

Find your local Ramblers Wellbeing Walk. 

You can also find out more about accessible routes by visiting: 

Disabled Ramblers