Taking the worry out of walking

Published Wednesday 19 August 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is taking the worry out of walking by producing full details of easily-accessible trails.

Walks around Blackwater and Lymington/Keyhaven are the first two routes to be published. It is hoped that the information provided will be particularly useful for people with wheelchairs or pushchairs, or who have restricted mobility.

Downloadable maps, detailed descriptions and photographs are available on the Authority’s website: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

They include information on parking, the route’s gradient and surfaces, plus if there are gates to negotiate and seats along the route.

Sarah Manchester, the Authority’s Countryside Access Officer, said: “The New Forest has some of the most accessible countryside in the country, with an abundance of surfaced paths with very gentle slopes and great views. We want to give people the information they need to be confident that they will find a walk that suits their own abilities.

“The trails are also useful for people who have little or no experience of visiting the countryside and want the reassurance of knowing what they will find before they set out from home.

“We decided to only put them on the website rather than print leaflets so we can regularly update them and keep them as accurate as possible.”

The information was produced with help from the New Forest Access Forum, the Forestry Commission and Hampshire County Council.

If you would like a printed version sent to you or further information call Sarah Manchester on 01590 646600, email enquiries@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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