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Accessibility Grade Explained

On WalkNI.com Gradings are classified as follows:

Grade 1 – The path can be expected to be hard and firm with no loose material and will be over 2m wide for its entire length, or over 1.5m wide with adequate passing places. The path will not be steeper than 3o or have a cross slope of greater than 3o. There will not be any obstacles such as steps, stiles or surface breaks and there will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m in width and height for the entire length of the route. There will be passing places at least every 50m and rest areas at least every 100m.

Grade 2 – The path can be expected to be hard and firm with some loose stones (not bigger than 1cm) and will be at least 1.2m wide for its entire length. The path will not be steeper than 5o or have a cross slope of greater than 5o. There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be a max of 12mm in width. There will be a clear head height of at least 1m wide and 2.1 in height for the entire length of the route. There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 300m.

Grade 3 – The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 5cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 1m wide for its entire length. The path will not be steeper than 6o or have a cross slope of greater than 6o. There will not be any obstacles such as steps or stiles and surface breaks will be between 12mm and 75mm in width. There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route. There will be passing places at least every 150m and rest areas at least every 1km.

Grade 4 – The path may not be hard and firm in all weathers with loose stones (not bigger than 10cm) with occasional tree roots and pot holes and will be at least 80cm wide for its entire length. The path gradients and cross slopes will be greater than 6o. Obstacles such as steps or stiles are to be expected and surface breaks may be larger 75mm in width. There will be a clear head height of greater than 2.10m for the entire length of the route. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided. 

Grade 5 - There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails to be expected. Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited. Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected. Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.

 

Should you require further information on the Accessible Walks Scheme, please contact Diane Patterson on 028 9030 3934 or at diane@outdoorrecreationni.com

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