On 31 October 2005 new areas of land in Lincolnshire became open for the public to use; this is land mapped as ‘Open Country’ such as heathland and downland, and land that has been legally registered as Common Land.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW) introduced a right of access on foot to designated areas of land, mapped as Open Country and Registered common Land. Areas of open country (land defined as mountain, moor, heath and down) and registered common land were mapped by the Countryside Agency (now Natural England).
The right of access is often referred to as “right to roam” which is misleading as the right only applies to areas of mapped Access Land. On Access Land you don’t have to stick to public rights of way, although dogs do have to be kept on a short lead between March and July - the main breeding season for ground nesting birds, and at all times near livestock.
In Lincolnshire, the right of access to these areas of Access Land commenced in October 2005. Lincolnshire has nine sites of open country:
- Scotton Common
- Scotton Beck Fields
- Red Hill, Goulceby
- Greetwell Hollow, Lincoln
- Kirkby Moor
- Ancaster Valley
- Alma Park, Grantham
- Woodnook Valley, Little Ponton
- Swinstead Valley
For maps and more information about these sites go to the downloads tab above.
There are also ninety separate parcels of registered common land. The register of common land can be found via the websites tab above.
In addition, the Forestry Commission has dedicated all of its freehold estate woodlands as open country and the right of access applies to these areas too. Ordnance Survey has now revised their series of Explorer maps to show all these areas of Access Land. A link to the Forestry Commission website can be foundunder the Downloads tab above.
A leaflet has been produced to help you get the most out of your visit to AccessLand in Lincolnshire and can be found under the Downloads tab above.
There may be occasions when land managers need to restrict access. In these instances restriction notices will be placed at key access points. Information about restrictions or exclusions is shown on Natural England’s website or by phoning their National Access helpline 0845 100 3298. Calls are charged at a local rate.
Landowners may apply for restrictions or closures where necessary, for land management, safety or fire prevention reasons.