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* nidirect
Overview

'nidirect brings together lots of information from government departments and agencies, written in language that is easy to understand. And, you don't need to know the workings of government to find what you are after.'

*Access and Rights of Way
Overview

UK Government gateway to information about: [1] Access (Local Access Forums; National Nature Reserves; Open Access Land) - - - : [2] The Countryside Code - - - : [3] England Coast Path - - - : [4] Public Rights of Way

*Administrative Geography of the United Kingdom
Overview

Access to detailed map showing the 'Administrative Units of the United Kingdom'

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The Map was produced by Maximilian Dörrbecker

*British Horse Society Routes and Trails
Overview

'BHS Ridemaps provides a map of riding routes with waymark information intended to enable you to explore new country with your horse ... Many routes shown have been developed for riders or multi-use ... Most routes use bridleways or other rights of way where horse use is allowed.'

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The British Horse Society

*Byways and Bridleways Trust
Overview

'Charitable trust formed in 1979 to protect Britain’s network of ancient minor highways, more usually known as byways and bridleways. The Trustees were radical in their approach: for the first time an organisation would seek to protect for the public the old roads themselves, rather than fight for the special rights of any group of users.'

*Gazetteer for Scotland
Overview

'Vast geographical encyclopaedia, featuring details of towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles. The first comprehensive gazetteer produced for Scotland since 1885, it includes tourist attractions, industries and historical sites, together with histories of family names and clans, biographies of famous Scots and descriptions of historical events associated with Scotland.'

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Bruce Gittings [University of Edinburgh] | Royal Scottish Geographical Society

*Gazetteer of British Place Names
Overview

'The Gazetteer provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain, containing over 50,000 entries. It lists the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies.'

Does not cover Northern Ireland.

*History of Local Government in England
Overview

'Much of the 20th century was spent searching for an idealised system of local government. The most sweeping change in that period was the Local Government Act 1972, which resulted in a uniform two-tier system of counties and districts being introduced in 1974; however, further waves of reform has led to a more heterogeneous system in use today ...'

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Wikipedia

*Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management
Overview

'The professional body which represents individuals involved in the management of public rights of way and other access in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, principally as local government officers.'

*Local Access Forums - England
Overview

'Join a Local Access Forum to advise local decision-makers on rights of way and green space; find out how to contact each LAF in England.'

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Natural England

See also

Local Access Forums Map [Natural England]

*Local Access Forums - Scotland
Overview

'A Local Access Forum is a group of representatives with a range of interests in access, who come together to discuss how to develop, manage and promote access locally. Generally the LAF includes representatives from: * Users (eg representing walkers, cyclists, horse riders, people with disabilities and water sports); * Land managers (eg bodies representing farming, estates and businesses, forestry); * Public agencies (eg  access authority, local enterprise company, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission); * Community interests (eg representing the community council, local residents' association).'

*Local Government Reform in Northern Ireland
Overview

'From 1 April 2015, 11 new councils took over from the previous 26 under a programme of reform. Find out more about how these changes affect you, including information on your new council, its services and rates.'

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nidirect

*National Access Forum for Wales
Overview

Primary purposes are to: [1] Improve the quality and extent of access to the countryside and coasts of Wales - - - : [2] Extend the opportunities for enjoyment and responsible outdoor recreation to all.

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Natural Resources Wales

*Open Spaces Society
Overview

'Protecting open spaces, common land, village greens and public paths in England & Wales since 1865.'

*Parishes and Communities
Overview

'The smallest type of administrative area in England is the parish (also known as 'civil parish'); the equivalent units in Wales are communities. Scotland also has communities but their councils are generally a channel of opinion to other authorities rather than an administration in their own right. Northern Ireland does not have any similar units.'

*Paths For All
Overview

'We are a partnership of organisations committed to promoting walking for health and the development of multi-use path networks in Scotland.'

'Since 2005 Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (Access Authorities) have been busy preparing Core Paths Plans (CPP). Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 every Access Authority has a duty to prepare a CPP. Some plans have been completed whilst others are still going through the planning process. If you would like to know more about the process of making a plan have a look at Core Paths Plans: A Guide to Good Practice.'

*Public Access to Military Areas
Overview

'Location details, opportunities and restrictions for accessing military owned land in the United Kingdom.'

*Public Rights of Way
Overview

'This Research Guide indicates the principal sources of information about rights of way. It is not a statement of law, and The National Archives cannot give legal advice ... Every way is either a private way or a highway. Strictly speaking, the term "right of way", when it stands alone, relates to a private way: it describes the right enjoyed by a particular person or group of people to pass over land which belongs to another. Such a group of people may be as loosely defined as "the public" ...'

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The National Archives

*Rights of Way and Accessing Land
Overview

'Public rights of way are roads, paths or tracks that are open to everyone - open access land, what to do if your access is blocked and land with no right of way ...'

*rowmaps
Overview

'86 authorities have released under licence the data about their rights of way ... This web site can display a map showing rights of way for any of these authorities. The underlying map can be from the Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap, Google or Bing. ...'

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Barry Cornelius

*Scottish National Walking and Cycling Network
Overview

'Scottish Government has designated the National Walking and Cycling Network (NWCN) as a national development in the latest National Planning Framework. The development of a strategic network of well-maintained long-distance paths and trails through Scotland will enhance visitor and recreation experiences for all users, as well as supporting active travel and improving health and well-being. Scottish Natural Heritage, along with Sustrans and Scottish Canals, are leading this project ...'

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Scottish Natural Heritage

*Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Overview

'Scotland is a unique country with some of the best access rights in Europe.. You don't have to go far to explore, you just have to go out.  The great outdoors can be discovered from your doorstep ...'

*Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society - ScotWays
Overview

'Safeguarding public access in Scotland since 1845.' Also, access to details of the Scottish Heritage Paths Project.

*The Big Pathwatch
Overview

'Join our most ambitious campaign ever to protect and improve our glorious paths in England and Wales ...' The Big Pathwatch survey closed on 31st December 2015.

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Ramblers

*The Trails Trust
Overview

Creating Multi-User Public Rights of Way

'Our Mission is to work with Councils, farmers and other landowners to negotiate and develop a sustainable network of linking routes. We promote non-motorised health, sport and leisure activities which support tourism and the local economy and protect our heritage of paths, trails and country lanes.'

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