THE humble stile might be an iconic sight of the countryside, but they could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the efforts of various walking groups.

While this might initially sound like a bad thing, but these groups, such as the Whitchurch Walkers, are ensuring that the countryside is more accessible than ever for those that want to explore.

Whitchurch Walkers and other walking groups throughout the county are replacing the wooden stiles with modern metal gate as part of the P3