Yorkshire Wolds Way becomes first stile free National Trail Walk

17th September 2015

The Yorkshire Wolds Way has just become the first of the National Trail walks in England and Wales to become totally stile free.

Now there are just gates or gaps along all 79 of its miles as it winds it way across the delightful hills and dry valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds.

There has been a drive to remove stiles for a number of years in order to make the trail as accessible as possible. The first condition survey in 1996 recorded 120 stiles along the Way, things have changed substantially since then, only one remained in place in summer this year and today that last one is no longer in use.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer for the Yorkshire Wolds Way said:

“This is fantastic news for many of our users. We have always known it is a good trail for access because it has so few steps. Now that the last stile has gone we can encourage people of all abilities to venture onto the trail and discover the stunning beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds.”

The celebrated loss of the last stile is the result of dedicated work by North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire County Councils and follows a route diversion at Muston where, with the welcome support of the local landowner, a potentially dangerous road section of trail has been diverted onto adjoining farmland.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail has beaten the Thames Path National Trail to become stile free, the last stile on the Thames Path is due to be removed later this year. Anne Clark from Walk Unlimited said “It’s been great to see the Trail staff working so hard to make the Trails accessible to more people. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of the most beautiful Trails and now there is nothing to stop people enjoying it. It’ll be a double celebration when the Thames Path joins the stile-free club later this year.”

This improvement in access comes at a time when the Yorkshire Wolds Way Partnership is looking for recruits to attend a workshop to map and identify access along the trail using a mobile phone app. This workshop is being run by the Social Enterprise Mapping for Change from University College London. It takes place between 2pm and 4pm at Thixendale Village Hall on 29th September. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this project can contact the Trail Officer Malcolm Hodgson via the contact page on the website http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/yorkshire-wolds-way/contact-trail-team

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