Q: How do I use the site?
A: Instructions on how to use the site are given in the How to use Phototrails page (link to page)
Q: What information can I get from a Phototrail?
A: Each Phototrail has information about the length of a trail, surface issues, gradients, barriers, seats, facilities etc.
Q: What does the Accessibility Rating mean?
A: The paths have been ranked by accessibility with 1 being the most accessible and 5 is the least accessible. Have a look at the Accessibility Ratings to get an idea of what they mean.
Q: How will I know if the path is accessible to me?
A: You can view your chosen path through photos with descriptions and the information provided should help you to decide if the path is accessible to you.
Q: How can I view the paths in a certain area?
A: You can either search on the trail index on the menu bar down the left hand side of the page or, if you go to the Trail Index page link you can view all trails listed.
Q: If I only want to look at the gradients on a path, how do I view them?
A: From the Trail Index page, select which site you wish to visit and then, under Map Markers, select Accessibility and then Gradients, the map above will then show only the areas with gradient issues.
Q: How has the information been gathered for the Phototrails and, how can I be sure of the quality of information provided?
A: All Phototrails that are marked as verified have been produced by a trained Fieldfare Trust Project Officer based on the accessibility standards of the Countryside for All Good Practice Guide. Phototrails that are unverified have been provided by trained volunteers based on their own experiences of a path.
Q: Is there a charge to use the site?
A: The Phototrails website is designed to be a free information resource for the end user but does require a small financial commitment from organisations wishing to use Phototrails as one of the means of delivering on their own duties towards disabled people.
Q: Is it possible to add a path that I use as a Phototrail to the site? How do I go about it?
A: Yes, you can also now post your own favourite trails up on the site – just go to www.phototrails.org/surveyor – log in and follow the instructions.
Individuals are able to upload up to 5 of their own favourite trails without any charge being incurred, these must not be for an organisation for whom they work or volunteer. Accepting and agreeing to these terms is a condition of progressing to registering as a Phototrails Surveyor. If any individual wishes to upload more than 5 trails then contacting us to explain the circumstances may make this possible.
Q: Is it easy it upload your own trails, I don’t know any technical information or possess any technical equipment to audit a trail?
A: Yes, it is simple to upload your own trails, we have made it easier for you by having all the access audit information and phototrail tips in one place – Check out our Tips for Undertaking Phototrails Sometimes all you need is a smart phone with GPS and an inclinometer app!
Q: I am a service provider/landowner and I would like my path(s) to be included, how can I get my paths featured on the website?
A: Please contact the Fieldfare Trust for further details or refer to the Service Providers section on the website.