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Installing a Gate, Kissing Gate or Stile?
Is it Justified or Reasonable?
  • is the structure absolutely necessary (e.g. to control livestock)?
  • is it the least restrictive option?
  • what is the likelihood that it will cause some restriction to users?
  • what is the extent of any restriction created and what types of user will it affect?
  • what is the effort or cost needed to remove the restriction or to enable people to avoid it?


Gates : Design List

General Guidance | Key Design Principles | Design List | Evaluation Summary

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2. 1 Timber Field Gate

A traditional design of timber field gate, commonly available in 3000mm and 3600mm lengths from fencing contractors and agricultural suppliers. Design details will vary between manufacturers and according to local/traditional styles.

2. 2 Timber Bridle Gate : 1 Way Opening

A traditional design of one-way opening timber bridleway gate providing a clear width of 1525mm to accommodate access by pedestrians, cyclists and horseriders. It will also be accessible to wheelchair users if a suitable latch is fitted.

2. 3 Metal Bridle Gate : 1 & 2 Way Opening

Two designs of galvanised steel bridle gate, providing one-way and two-way opening options. Both have a clear gate width of at least 1525mm, are self closing, and are fitted with a latch that is suitable for use by horseriders (without dismounting) and can be reached by people in wheelchairs.

2. 4 Timber Wicket Gate (Version 1)

A traditional design of 1200mm wide timber pedestrian wicket gate providing a gap width of 1100mm. It will also be accessible to wheelchair users if a suitable latch is fitted.

2. 5 Timber Wicket Gate (Version 2)

A very simple design of 1100mm wide 'self-build' timber pedestrian wicket gate, constructed solely from 88 x 25 rails, providing a gap width of 1000mm. It will also be accessible to wheelchair users if a suitable latch is fitted.

2. 6 Timber Wicket Gate (Version 3)

An alternative, but narrower, design of simple 'self-build' timber pedestrian wicket gate. In common with 2. 5 , it is constructed solely from fencing rails. Standard widths are 450mm and 600mm, but height and width can be adapted to suit the location.

2. 7 Metal Wicket Gate : 1 & 2 Way Opening

Two designs of pedestrian wicket gate fabricated from galvanised steel. The one-way option has a clear width of at least 1000 and is fitted with a standard auto-latch. The two-way option, with a gate width of 1570, is identical to the two-way gate

shown in 2. 3 , except that it has a low level 'Easy Latch' handle designed primarily for pedestrians and wheelchair users. Both gates are fitted with self closing hinges.

2. 8 Timber Kissing Gate (Version 1)

A basic V-shaped design of timber kissing gate. The narrow kissing enclosure makes it stockproof, without the use of self closing hinges, but restricts its use to pedestrians. It may be unsuitable for people with disabilities or mobility difficulties and for walkers with large rucksacks.

2. 9 Timber Kissing Gate (Version 2)

A design of kissing gate that has been developed for use primarily on National Trails and Long Distance Routes. A square outer enclosure allows walkers with large rucksacks to pass through, but the low level inner V enclosure ensures that it is proof against sheep and lambs without the need for self closing hinges.

2. 10 Timber Kissing Gate (Version 3)

A rectangular design of timber kissing gate, with an internal length of 1200mm, that is accessible to all users, except horseriders, pedal cyclists, motorcyclists and people with motorised wheelchairs. Self-closing hinges are necessary to ensure that it is stockproof.

2. 11 Timber Kissing Gate (Version 4)

A rectangular design of kissing gate, similar to 2. 10 , except that the internal length is extended to 1600mm. It is accessible to all users except horseriders. Self closing hinges are necessary to ensure that it is stockproof.

2. 12 Metal Kissing Gate with 'Radar' Lock

A heavy duty galvanised steel kissing gate which provides access for pedestrians, cyclists and users of manual wheelchairs. A 'Radar' lock on the gate latch also allows disabled people using larger motorised wheelchairs to pass through. Self closing hinges ensure that it is stockproof, although the hoops may require netting against lambs.

2. 13 The Rambler Gate

An unusual type of gate designed and manufactured by a specialist supplier. Two chained posts, pivoting from a ground level beam, are moved apart to allow walkers to step through: releasing the posts allows them to fall back into place. It has a number of distinct advantages and disadvantages over conventional pedestrian gates. If properly used and maintained, it is stockproof.

2. 14 The Countryside for All Gate

A design of gate that is stockproof but which is readily accessible to people in wheelchairs. Its complex design means that it may be visually intrusive in sensitive locations. It also requires special hinges, which may be difficult and expensive to fabricate.

2. 15 The Belton Gate

An unusual, but effective, steel gate designed primarily to prevent motorcycle access and best suited to urban/suburban locations. It operates, in part, like a turnstile, with a 2750mm gate rotating inside a semicircular outer steel enclosure. Stop posts limit the rotation of the gate and restrict access by certain types of user.

2. 16 Deer Fence Kissing Gate

A kissing gate, specifically designed for installation in deer fences, with the gate and kissing enclosure both being 2000mm high. The 900mm depth of the enclosure makes it proof against livestock and deer but limits access by some users.

2. 17 Deer Fence Chicane

A design of chicane suitable for installation in deer fences that provides access for pedestrians but which is reasonably effective in deterring the passage of deer, especially where densities are low. It is not proof against sheep and lambs. The design can be modified to a 'double' or 'treble' chicane which may be more effective.