Dartmoor National Park is set to ban stiles from the woodland to make access easier for overweight ramblers.

The park, which has been owned by a special purpose local authority since 1995, has taken the decision to make access easier for people enjoying the natural environment around the Devon area.

Campaigners believe this will improve access in the park for those ramblers that are carrying a bit extra weight. It also aims to make the area enjoyable for disabled visitors and those who have mobility problems.

Stiles are a common staple of any national park allowing people to cross over acoustic barriers such as wooden gates and fences but under this new regulation they will be replaced where possible.

Ian Johnson, south-west spokesman for the National Farmers' Union, told the Daily Mail: "Anything which assists access and makes it easier for people to get into the countryside is better, as long as measures are in place to restricts the movement of livestock."

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