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Visually impaired walking route tested

Posted 8 November 2011
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Visually impaired walking route tested
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A walking route in the Yorkshire Dales National Park that is designed for visually impaired individuals has been tested by volunteers.

Students from Henshaws College in Harrogate - including two who are sight-impaired - may have donned winter coats to try out the trail, which runs from the Malham National Park Centre, through the village of Malham and along the Pennine Way, ending in Malham Cove.

They used a new audio guide written by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority interpretation officer Karen Griffiths, which has been produced as part of Sense the Dales, a project that aims to help those with limited sight enjoy the area.

Access development officer for the national park Meghann Hull noted that while work has been done to improve access to those with limited mobility, little focus has been put on "reaching out to people with sensory impairments".

Students have provided feedback on the audio trial guide and Ms Griffiths said the aim is to have the MP3 file available for use by December.

The national park, which was officially designated in 1954, has a population of almost 20,000 and is currently 1,769 sq km in size.