|Seventeen years ago today, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act was passed, giving rights of open access to more than a million hectares of countryside.
Open access land gives you the chance to step off the path and walk freely,explore wild, open landscapes and find your own way. But do you know how to identify areas of open access? Do you know where you can and can’t walk once you’ve found it? Do you know what rights and responsibilities you have once you step off the path?
We know that some people don’t feel confident in where they can and can’t walk, and in knowing their rights and responsibilities while out walking. To help, we’ve produced a free guide to open access, giving you everything you need to be able to head out and confidently explore the countryside.