|Since 19th September 2004 a new right
of access has gradually been introduced across England giving
people the opportunity to walk freely across mapped 'access land'
without having to stay on footpaths. In
Nidderdale AONB this new right of access commenced on
28th May 2005 and allows access to over 200 square
kilometres of land previously inaccessible to members of the
The rights cover most recreational activities carried out on foot, including walking, sightseeing, bird-watching, climbing and running. It does not include cycling, horse riding, driving a vehicle or camping.
Along with the new rights came new responsibilities. There are some conditions you will need to be aware of, which are relevant to the Nidderdale AONB.
There are a number of access points across the AONB that have information on closures and dog regulations.
Download a copy of North Yorkshire County Councils' Access Management Plan. PDF 349KB
Alternatively here are some useful contacts and links to find out more about your responsibilities.
Open Access Helpline:
Open Access Contact Centre
Block 3 Government Buildings
Westbury on Trym