CRoW Act

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) gives a right of access on foot to mountain, moor, heath and down (‘open country’).

The Act was a significant relaxation of the rules that used to prevent access to the countryside and it is still a major victory for organisations such as the BMC who have been campaigning for over a century for the right to roam.

The right of access came into effect across the whole of England on October 31 October 2005.

865,000 hectares are now classed as 'open access'. The rights of access were phased in on a region-by-region basis.

In Wales, the National Assembly is implementing the CRoW Act. The new right started as a one off process in May 2005.

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Useful links

For specific information on individual crags, see the BMC Regional Access Database.

 



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