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 31 October 2005.

Access land in Leeds includes:

  • Hawksworth Moor;
  • Land adjacent to Reva Reservoir;
  • parts of the Otley Chevin;
  • Townclose Hills in Kippax;
  • Buckstone Fields in the Meanwood Valley.

The access land is shown on the latest editions of the Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps:

  • 289 Leeds,
  • 288 Bradford and Huddersfield
  • 297 Lower Wharfedale.

Alternatively, the Conclusive Maps of Open Access for the Leeds area are available to view by appointment only. Please telephone (0113) 378 6002 and ask to arrange an appointment with a member of our Public Rights of Way team. 

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