A ROMAN military camp is being given a new lease of life by making it more accessible.

Improved access facilities and an audio trail have been created at Cawthorn Camp, an important archaeological site, near Pickering.

They include easy-to-use gates and a wheelchair-friendly surface so that people with mobility needs can enjoy the site. A new viewpoint has also been built.

The work has been carried out as part of the North York Moors National Park's barrier-free access project.

Project officer Trevor King said: "This is the sixth of nine new wheelchair accessible routes we are creating, which will give access to important areas of the national park's countryside for people with disabilities.

"Cawthorn Camp is an especially intriguing place, and we are trying to ensure everyone can gain access and appreciate places such as this.

"The taped tour will also help people with visual impairment to enjoy the site."

The project will be officially declared open at a ceremony tomorrow to be carried out by David Brewster, chief officer of Ryedale Special families, one of the local groups which will benefit.