1. Overview

You have the right to access some land for walking or certain other leisure activities.

You can:

  • use public roads and pavements or public rights of way, eg footpaths or bridleways
  • use your right to roam on open access land including mountains, moors, heaths, downs, common land and some land around the England Coast Path

If neither of these apply, you may still be able to access private land if either:

  • the landowner has given permission (‘permissive access’)
  • there’s a local tradition, or right, of access

Help protect the natural environment by following the Countryside Code.