Can you think of any?
I have my dad staying with me next week, he has an off road mobility vehicle. It basically is known for being able to scale Snowdon so it isn't the kind of thing you'd see racing through Asda!
There are a few images and videos of him on walks with me in Snowdonia and the Lakes here and here so you know what I'm talking about.
The old codger probably thought he'd never be on the top of a proper mountain again in his life and I want to make sure he experiences it one more time.
The only things I can think of off the top of my head are Kinder by Jacobs Ladder, Loughrigg, which is a bit lame really though may be a bad weather alternative. The Coledale Valley by going up the quarry road towards the quarry then up on to Coledale Hause then on to Sand Hill and Hopegill Head would be ideal though I've never done the ascent onto Coledale Hause from the quarry approach from the valley so not sure what the path is like but looks like a track.
The only things that stop this beast of a vehicle are serious steps and stiles.
Anyone any ideas? Ta. Jamie
Hows about Yoke from either Kentmere or troutbeck ?
I know the Kentmere one,new path along the tops is great,and it would be good for go in that moon buggy,not sure about the troutbeck one but others might know of it..
Hope this helps.
Over the past few years the Lake District Nat Park Authority have been developing a series of routes called "Miles Without Stiles", so far there are 39 routes. Some are valley routes, whilst a few go up onto the top of the fells, such as Latrigg.
Here's a link to them on the Nat Park website:
Miles Without Stiles
When we went up Glas Tulaichean near Spittal of Glenshee we came across a track to within feet of the summit and the rest was reasonably flat. We did not follow the track so do not know it connects.
Perhaps the old road up matterdale common and on to Stybarrow dodd?
High Street: bridleway passes close to the summit
Cross Fell, using the bridleway from Garrigill, or the motor road up to Great Dun Fell
Pen-y-Ghent from Horton Scar (assuming the gate at the top of the lane at Horton Scar is not locked).
Great Shunner Fell (again assuming the gate in the intake wall at the end of the lane is not locked, it shouldn't be because the path from Hardraw is shown as a bridleway at that point).
Bleaklow Head from the Snake Pass (if there is a stile blocking access off the A57 Snake Pass, start from slightly to the east where Doctor's Gate is a bridleway, so no stile).
Those are just a few off the top of my head. There must be loads of other possibilitiess. The whole of the Pennine Way from Horton to Hawes is bridleway for example so would be passable. It does not go over any summits but it's a decent walk!
Just a note of caution on the suggestions - bridleways won't automatically be accessible. They have to provide access for people travelling on a horse or pushbike as well as foot, but that can still mean there are various devices in place to deter other (motorised) access e.g. raised 'railway sleeper' type barriers which a horse can step over and a bike can be lifted over, or squeeze gateways (don't know the proper name, but narrower at the top than the bottom) that might not fit a mobility vehicle.
The track up Drum - it's marked as a track with public access, not strictly a bridleway. Having been up that way a few weeks ago, I think you can get up it without obstacle from the Aber side, but approached from the Conwy valley direction I'm pretty sure there are one or two locked gates with ladder stiles adjacent.
Perhaps not as rugged as you'd really like but in the Clwydians I think the track up Moel Famau from the south is obscacle-free.
Jamie, this is also a useful resource:
You can match up OS maps next to aerial photos. It might help you find gates and stiles on your potential routes.
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Theres a good vehicle path to the summit of y ro wen at the head of cwm penamnen from dolwyddelan. Not a high mountain but with stunning views accross much of snowdonia and into the cwm itself. Another might be to the summit of moel emoel, north east of bala. There are forrestry paths to the foot of the mountain and the rest of the way is via a broad grassy ridge that wouldn't pose too much of a problem. Again stunning views accross the arenigs, arans, berwyns and south accross bala to cadair idris.
Hope he has a good time whatever you choose.
Jamie - that's brilliant - well done both you and your Dad. Had no idea these machines could do this and I hope you both have many more chances to get out there. Keep it up!
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