Cumbria Local Access Forum

Membership Details : Ron + Chris Lyon

Chris + Ron Lyon
Church Street
Ca10 1RQ
01768 88708

Membership of the forum is usually on an individual basis. However, in the case of Chris and Ron, they have, in part by necessity, joined as a team. Chris is nowadays largely confined to a wheelchair, and Ron assists her getting out and about. Together they offer different aspects of the problems of disabled access in the countryside.


Chris and Ron have been fell walkers on British and foreign hills since their university days. As a teacher in the 1980s Chris took school parties onto the hills of Snowdonia. She gained one of the earlier Mountain Leadership Certificates to qualify her to do this.

When living in Leeds in the 1970s Chris and Ron became Volunteer Wardens for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This work included patrolling the Access Area above Bolton Abbey, one of the first such areas in the UK.

Although based in Birmingham, they spent a lot of time in the Lake District and were accepted as full members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club in 1978. Even with Chris' disabilities they are still able to participate in certain activities of the club.

They moved to their present home in Skirwith near Penrith in 2000, having used it at weekends and holidays since it's purchase in 1989. From here they explored the North Pennines AONB, the Yorkshire Dales and the Howgill fells. They were members of Penrith Ramblers until Chris had a severe stroke in 2006.

Both were drivers and tour guides for the the Fellrunner community bus and are thus aware of transport difficulties in the area, especially from the disabled person's prospective.

They purchased an "off-road" four wheel drive electric scooter for Chris as soon as she left hospital.  Unfortunately they found relatively little published information on scooter access in Cumbria but are working to correct this

They joined The Disabled Ramblers, a national charity dedicated to helping disabled people enjoy the countryside, in 2010. They became Cumbria Regional representatives for the charity in 2012 and subsequently started a local  group.