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Community Access project

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Having easy to use paths in and around villages is important for many communities. We have worked with people throughout the National Park to help them improve access within and between their communities and build routes for the future; using their skills to manage and improve their environment.

Our aims

The project has undertaken physical improvements to routes which local people have identified and in doing so have improved access for both residents and visitors to the North York Moors.

We've involved local people at every stage, from concept to completion, and help to equip individual volunteers with skills to manage and improve access routes in the future.

So far...

In Beck Hole we've improved the Rail Trail to give people easier access to the river. We've also worked with the communities of Rosedale Abbey, Northdale, Thorgill, Coxwold, Carlton in Cleveland, Swainby, Faceby and Aislaby.

We've also worked with the people of Sawdon, Ugglebarnby and Whorlton. Paths in these parishes have had surface improvement made to them and in many cases seen the removal of barriers such as stiles. Community volunteers, school children, National Park Staff and volunteers have all been involved. Many of the routes are circular and some connect with other improved paths linking villages together.


North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER programme and the North York Moors National Park Authority


Martyn Williams, Community Access Project Officer
01439 772700