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Open Access

The Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 gave people new rights of access on foot to areas of open country and registered common land. The access rights, sometimes referred to as ‘the right to roam’ were introduced by the Government on a regional basis, and came into force in the Leeds area on 31st October 2005.

Access land in Leeds includes Hawksworth Moor, land adjacent to Reva Reservoir, parts of the Otley Chevin, Townclose Hills in Kippax and the Buckstone Fields in the Meanwood Valley.

The Conclusive Maps of Open Access for the Leeds Area are available to view at the Public Rights of Way Office at Red Hall Estate, LS17 8NB.  If you would like to see these maps, please telephone (0113) 395 7400 and ask to arrange an appointment with a member of our Public Rights of Way team.  Alternatively, the access land is shown on the latest editions of the Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps (Nos. 289 Leeds, 288 Bradford & Huddersfield and 297 Lower Wharfedale).

Contact us:

Please note that the Parks and Countryside's Head Office main reception telephone number 0113 395 7400 is staffed from 8.00am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am - 4.00pm on a Friday. Outside of these hours you can leave a message on the answerphone.