Making the inaccessible accessible - that's what we do. As yet, we haven't done The Pennine Bridleway although we have talked about doing it at some point. Our main reason for not doing it so far is because it's a recognised trail and we currently like inventing our own weird and wonderful routes using the public rights of way available. That said, there are loads of good reasons for you getting out there on The Pennine Bridleway - and here's a few of them in this, Part 1 of 'Reasons For Doing The Pennine Bridleway.'
1. It's 205 miles long and runs through the Pennines from Derbyshire to Cumbria. We'd take that option too. South to North. After all, we figure, Cumbria is a fine place to finish a trail. And 205 miles is more than long enough to get yourself caught up in some brilliant adventures.
2. It is NOT the Pennine Way. The Pennine Bridleway has been designed with horse riders and cyclists in mind. This means all-terrain wheelchairs have a cracking chance of doing it too.
3. There are a variety of surfaces along the length of the bridleway, ranging from ancient highways through to worn flags through to minor roads. There are no stiles and gate width is 1.5m. However, "on the Mary Towneley Loop some of these gates have horse stiles incorporated preventing access to motorcycles. Unfortunately these also prevent access to wheelchairs." We are investigating :o)
4. The route can be hilly and rough at times with steep gradients> Being the north of England, you can expect the weather to match as well. Good! No great adventure started on a flat piece of concrete in the sunshine :o)