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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Stunning route for trampers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users

A new circular walk suitable for trampers, mobility scooters and wheelchair users has opened in the North York Moors National Park. Much of the 5.3 mile route takes in stunning views from the Cleveland Way National Trail.

Easier access ... the viewing platform at Sutton Bank.
Starting at the iconic Sutton Bank National Park Centre, renowned for ‘the finest view in England’, visitors can enjoy the outstanding views across the Vale of Mowbray to the distant Yorkshire Dales. It also takes in some of the Cliff Bike Trail so sightseers can appreciate winding and meandering through the woods and across the fields.

National Trails officer for the Cleveland Way Malcolm Hodgson said: “This is a great day walk which will suit some people who use a wheelchair, mountain trike or a mobility scooter. There is a lot of variety with the Cleveland Way escarpment and the woods at Hambleton Plantation to enjoy. It is a perfect way to enable people to have easier access to the beautiful North York Moors.”

The national park authority says it's keen to provide access to visitors of all abilities and works closely with a Disabled Access Group to see what can be done on pathways to ensure this is possible.

Ian Lawson, a member for the Disabled Access Group for the North York Moors National Park said: “It’s wonderful to see this new circular walk open up at Sutton Bank providing spectacular views across the Vale of Mowbray. The stile and step free walk provides greater access for people with impaired mobility, enabling them to enjoy the special qualities of the National Park.”

There are accessible toilets and refreshment facilities at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre. There is also a café at the Yorkshire Gliding Club, which is about two miles into the walk. This is not fully accessible, but there is seating outside to enjoy a drink and watch the gliders.

Craig Grimes, of Experience Community, who has been working with the national park to video the new walk said: “It’s great that parts of the National Trails are becoming more suitable for disabled people and that organisations such as the North York Moors National Park Authority are making a concerted effort to identify routes that are possible for wheelchair and scooter users to undertake.

"This route provides a fantastic opportunity for people to see great views from Sutton Bank with relative ease. Once you leave the Cleveland Way the route becomes more challenging, which is great for more adventurous disabled people. Like any other group of people, disabled people also need a variety of routes with different difficulty levels as different people want different things.”

The leaflet, with map and directions for the walk can be picked up at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre or downloaded at

The video can be seen at 

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