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General guidelines

Outdoor Accessibility Guidance


Publication date
18 April 2023
Paths for All:
United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2023


This guide is designed to help make our outdoor places and spaces, routes and facilities more accessible, and outdoor experiences more inclusive, so they can be enjoyed by everyone. It is written for anyone managing land for public access and recreation, including land managers, community trusts, community groups and volunteers, access and recreation teams and owners. It will also assist anyone involved in designing outdoor spaces, planning outdoor activities and creating communication materials.

The guide updates and expands ‘Countryside for All’, which has been widely respected as a benchmark reference for improving access to the countryside across the UK since it was published in 1997. The Fieldfare Trust transferred the copyright of ‘Countryside for All’ to Paths for All in 2019. In 2020, Paths for All commissioned the Sensory Trust to review the original guide. There was overwhelming support for a comprehensive overhaul to reflect a wider diversity of people and landscape, and to bring it in line with the Equality Act 2010 and other relevant legislation. In 2021 Paths for All commissioned the Sensory Trust to develop this new version of the guide.

The guide is designed as a practical reference with techniques, tools and design details to help people meet, and where possible exceed, their legislative duties under the Equality Act 2010. Examples of good practice show how these principles have been implemented on the ground, and signpost to further information and expertise.


Outdoor Accessibility Guidance