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UK’s top 10 most accessible walks revealed in new report

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A list-of the UK’s top 10 most accessible walks have been revealed in a new report.

Outdoor equipment retailer Millets conducted a study on the most accessible walks across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, revealing the best locations for wheelchair- and buggy-friendly walks.

Taking the crown for the most accessible walks in the UK is Somerset, with 119 accessible walks across the county, including 43 walks suitable for wheelchairs.

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Coming in second place is Hampshire with 79 accessible walks, including the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the Forest of Bere and Staunton Country Park. This county has 30 wheelchair-friendly and 49 buggy-friendly walks.

Taking third place is Dorset, with 77 accessible walks, including 27 that are wheelchair friendly.

The research also looked at the best counties for accessible walks per 100 sq km and found that Bristol is the best county for accessible walks, with 11 walks per 100 sq km across the county.

Clackmannanshire and Swansea came in at joint second place on this list, with four accessible walks per 100 sq km.

Kiera Baxter, Millets Marketing Exec and Adventurer said: “The UK has many fantastic walks, from the Lake District to the Brecon Beacons, with some incredible sights to behold. However, many of these famous routes are lacking in accessibility as many people may find hills or rough terrain difficult to get across.

“This is why we wanted to uncover the best places for accessible walks, to ensure everyone can get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Our research reveals counties such as Somerset and Devon are the best for accessible walks.

“There are a whole range of accessible walks available across the UK suitable for both wheelchair users and pushchairs. From country parks and beautiful beaches to forest walks, there are beautiful and accessible destinations all around the UK.”

For the research, Millets gathered the number of accessible walks in each county from three sources: Walks with WheelchairsThe Outdoor Guide, and Walks with Buggies.

The retailer combined the number of walks in each county from both sources and then also calculated the number of walks per 100 square kilometres.

To view the research, click here.

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