Dartmoor stiles may be banned

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The Independent Online

Traditional stiles could be removed from a national park in order to help larger people and the elderly get around in the countryside.

The Dartmoor National Park Authority (DPNA) is expected to phase out the wooden steps and instead favour gaps or gates. Members of DNPA have received a report which reads: "Many people, such as those with limited mobility and families with pushchairs find path structures, particularly stiles, a barrier to gaining access to and enjoying the countryside."

It said the DNPA would negotiate with landowners to replace them.