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Your Countryside, Your Trails, Your Choice! 2011

Fieldfare Trust new 'Phototrails' website

Dec 01 2011

The Fieldfare Trust's new 'Phototrails' website, although developed to help everyone enjoy access to the countryside, will be of particular value to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Each featured route described with photographs, provides simple information, which lets you see what the trail is actually like. They include information on the surrounding environment, distance and features such as surface, width, gradients and barriers. It also highlights seats, disabled parking, and accessible toilets that users will find along the way, which is important information to known before making the decision on whether to visit or not. This useful information will help visitors to decide if a trail is accessible to them.

In developing 'Phototrails', Fieldfare Trust Project Officers and volunteers have explored the length and breadth of the UK to bring together an up-to-date guide to the accessibility of countryside sites and trails. Each trail has been given an accessibility rating to help users decide whether a trail meets their needs. It also provides an opportunity for 'Phototrail' users to comment on those ratings so as to help other trail users make decisions as to whether to choice a trail that meets their needs.

The Fieldfare Trust, who actively promotes countryside access for people with disabilities, understands the importance of providing “pre-visit” information on trail features and site amenities. When auditing individual trails, Project Officers and volunteers have taken great care to accurately describe path gradients, widths and surfaces against the physical accessibility standards endorsed by Fieldfare Trust and partners of the Countryside for All project.

For service providers, such as local authorities, 'Phototrails' is an easy way to promote access to their trails for everyone including people with disabilities. Joining the network of 'Phototrails' is an opportunity to provide a service to people with disabilities. Trails hosted on the website will not only provide valuable information to anyone wanting to make choices and decisions about where they go, it will also help service providers to meet their duties and responsibilities towards people with disabilities under the new Equality Act 2010.

To view the new website click here:

Phototrails - The Fieldfare Trust

The Fieldfare Trust would like to hear from you, if you would like to showcase your trails or countryside sites on 'Phototrails'. Contact Fieldfare Trust on 01334 657708, or email

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