Accessible North York Moors

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Forge Valley Woods Trail


Forge Valley National Nature Reserve, Grid ref SE 985 871


A fairly level, wooden boardwalk takes you on a 2.7km route (there and back) following the River Derwent through one of the finest woodlands of the North York Moors.

Forge Valley is a National Nature Reserve teeming with plants and animals from nuthatch in the trees and crayfish in the river to wild garlic and illusive deer skulking in the undergrowth.

Forge Valley is named after 14th century iron forges which were fuelled by charcoal made in these woods.

Tramper hire / mobility services

NB For North York Moors and surrounding area

The following all offer mobility scooter hire (for use at these locations only). Contact the hire centre to check details.

The Moors National Park Centre
Lodge Lane
YO21 2NB
Tel: 01439 772737

Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Sutton Bank
Tel: 01845 597426

Ryedale Folk Museum
Hutton le Hole
YO62 6UA
Tel: 01751 417367

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
North Yorkshire
YO62 5LJ
Tel: 01439 798340 (summer)
01439 748283 (winter)

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
Dalby Forest
North Yorkshire
YO18 7LT

More Tramper Hire locations

Tel: 01751 460295

Whitby and District Disablement Action Group
Church House Centre
YO21 3BA
Tel: 01947 821001

Scarborough Shopmobility
5, Somerset Terrace,
North Yorkshire
YO11 2PA
Tel: 01723 369910

Shopmobility York
Level 2
Piccadilly Car Park
Tel: 01904 679222


North York Moors National Park Authority
T: 01439 770657

Accessible parking: Car parking is available at the start of the boardwalk at the Old Man’s Mouth Picnic Site.

Accessible WC: The nearest RADAR accessible toilets are in Scarborough (10km from Forge Valley).

Seven accessible trails for you to try:

The North York Moors National Park Authority has developed seven fully accessible routes in the Park - these are suitable for heavy duty wheelchairs and pushchairs. They'll take you through woodland, alongside rivers, by lakes, to places overlooking the Heritage Coast and through the heart of the moorland and around an important archaeological site.

The routes are:

  1. Sutton Bank and the White Horse
  2. Rosedale Mineral Railway
  3. Cawthorn Roman Camp
  4. Staindale Lake in Dalby Forest
  5. Forge Valley Woods (see above)
  6. Esk Valley to Beck Hole
  7. Crow Wood at the Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Other accessible activities:

Sailing for children and adults with disabilities at the Scaling Dam Sailing Club.

T: 01287 643026