What can you do on open access land?

Open access land is designated for walking and outdoor recreation on foot. This means that you can go:

  • Walking
  • Dog walking
  • Running
  • Climbing
  • Birdwatching
  • or even have a picnic (as long as you take your rubbish home with you…).

As open access land can cover rural businesses and areas of sensitive wildlife, there are a number of activities that you are not allowed to do without the landowner’s permission. These include:

  • Walking a dog off the lead around livestock (or between 1 March and 31 July)
  • Cycling or horse riding
  • Water sports, including swimming or taking a boat onto a river, lake or reservoir
  • Driving a motorised vehicle
  • Lighting fires or camping
  • Shooting, foraging or picking flowers
  • Using a metal detector
  • Taking part in organised games or commercial activities
  • Interfering with activities of farmers or other landowners