Good Practice Guides

Happily, there are quite a number of sources for guides to good practice for access.  We particularly like the website of the Carmarthenshire Disabled Access Group (http://carmarthenshire-disabled-access-group.org.uk) which has a special Factsheets and Information page which has Guides for all sorts of situations.  Given our liking for countryside access, we were taken with Dave Croft's Guide to Country Gates and Barriers (Dave Croft's Guide to Country Gates and Barriers).

Wheelchair kissing gate

Kissing gate on the Mirehouse estate
Note that the compound is barely large enough for the Easyrider.

'Accessible' Kissing gate at Old Sarum
Note the step up and the tiny 'pen'.
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Picture Two shows the same issues at Old Sarum in Wiltshire but rather worse than at Mirehouse,  The compound is smaller and would not contain the Easyrider.  Additionally the entrance is effectively up a step up which would be nearly impossible to surmount.  The barrier is installed at a site under the control of English Heritage who should know better.  Cadw, the Welsh equivalent, seems to be much better in our experience and does not seem to install these gates.

Our experience of these gates almost everywhere we meet them is quite poor access for a longer machine like the Easyrider.  Essentially, the kissing gate is relatively difficult mechanism to use because of all the maneuvering that is necessary when compared to a conventional gate.

Solutions

Perhaps the best solution is not to use a kissing gate, but instead to install a 'conventional' gate. 

Wheelchair accessible kissing gate solution