A 79-MILE WALK through the East Riding and North Yorkshire has become the first National Trail to be free of stiles.
The final stile on the Yorkshire Wolds Way has been removed, near the village of Muston, close to Filey.
This followed a diversion of the route off a potentially dangerous busy road and onto nearby farmland.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way stretches from Hessle on the Humber Estuary to Filey Brigg.
Sixteen stiles have been removed in the past two years from the 36-mile stretch of the walks that runs through North Yorkshire. The stiles have been removed with the aim of making the Yorkshire Wolds Way more accessible.
The work has been carried out with the help of a grant from Natural England. North Yorkshire County Council said the work was also the result of a partnership between the authority, East Riding Council and National Trails.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access to the countryside said: “The Yorkshire Wolds Way passes through a beautiful part of Yorkshire, including stunning landscapes, lively market towns and historic villages, so it is good news that this walk is now accessible to as many people as possible.”
He thanked landowners for their support in replacing stiles with gates over the years, and particularly Philip Winter, of West End Farm, Muston, for agreeing to the trail being diverted away from a busy road and into his field. He added: “This was a great safety improvement for walkers, and discover the stunning beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds.” There are 15 National Trails across England and Wales.