Information about land you can access without having to use paths and details of restrictions that apply.

Respect and protect the public right of way network

If you're using the public rights of way network please be mindful of others, particularly on paths that run through people's farms or gardens. Under current Covid-19 circumstances please also respect social distancing whilst using the public rights of way network.


People were given the right to walk across open country - mountain, moor, heath, down and registered common land - by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

However, this it is not a right to roam anywhere. You can walk on mapped open access land, but must keep 20 metres from houses and you are not allowed in active quarries or on railway lines and landing strips. You must also obey any restrictions.

You can see maps of access land and current restrictions on Natural England's website.

York Ramblers have worked with the public rights of way team to produce a  booklet of challenging walks on open access land (pdf / 2 MB).