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Handrails can be attached to structures such as steps, ramps, boardwalks or bridges to provide safety and comfort. In some situations handrails can give a means of propulsion for wheelchair users.


For handrail specification details on steps and ramps, refer to the ‘Countryside Access Design Guide’ (Scottish Natural Heritage). You will also find handrail specification details for boardwalks.

For choosing handrail height for bridges and specification details, refer to ‘Path Bridges – Planning, Design, Construction and Maintenance’ (Paths for All, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Civil Engineering).

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