Barnsley Council has four countryside rangers responsible for the maintenance of 750 km of Public Rights of Way (including the Trans Pennine Trail) and 25 countryside sites. Barnsley Council is committed to improving access for all, but there is limited information on their web site at present. However they have created a number of Multi User Routes between communities (all weather surfaced routes on former railway tracks) for children, young people, and adults to use, including those with disabilities.
Sections of the Trans Pennine Trail route pass through the Barnsley area, which could be suitable for people needing level access, for those using wheelchairs and for families with children in buggies or pushchairs. People are encouraged to use the information provided to make their own assessment of its suitability.
Further partnerships are being developed by the Barnsley Public Rights of Way Team with local communities and key partners to promote additional accessible routes (e.g. Dearne Valley Greenheart, and Goldthorpe and Bolton upon Dearne) which may hopefully also link with the Trans Pennine Trail and Eco Town initiatives.
Barnsley’s Parks Services manage a number of the council’s ‘wilder’ green spaces, including five Local Nature Reserves, several fishing ponds and their surroundings, and a few disused railway lines.
For further information contact a Parks Officer on 01226 772646.
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