Walking & Hiking

There’s nothing like a nice walk in the countryside along your favourite routes.
But what happens when that path is blocked, closed or even moved?

There’s nothing like a nice walk in the countryside along your favourite path with your best companions of the two and maybe four-legged kind.

But what happens when that path is blocked, closed or even moved?

What are your rights when it comes to accessing the routes you know and love?

At Open Spaces Society, we are experts on all types of public rights of way and we can help you defend your local path if it’s under threat.

We can help you claim a path, remove a blockage, or lobby your highway authority.

We also have a network of dedicated volunteers known as local correspondents who can help you in your local area.

Photo: Phil Wadey

Protect your right to roam, join us today.

News about Walking & Hiking

EU protection for Welsh commons

At the last minute before Brexit was completed the Welsh Government followed the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in applying environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations to common land. This means that if a development proposal affecting a Welsh common is likely to have a significant effect on the environment, it must be assessed…
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Long Mynd, Shropshire Hills

Celebrating upland commons

Thanks to National Lottery players some of our best loved places in the uplands of England will be better looked after.  A partnership of 24 organisations, including the society, will empower those who graze common land, the commoners, to manage them better to restore peat, create habitats for birds and butterflies, and improve the quality…
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The Villagers, about two years ago, with the entrance to the car park. Photo: Peter Trimming, Creative Commons Licence.

We help to save Surrey common from enclosure

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has refused consent to the Hon Peter Herbert for fencing and a gate across part of Blackheath Common in Surrey.  Blackheath is four miles south-east of Guildford in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Peter Herbert, lord of the manor, wanted to erect…
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Knowle Green bus shelter

No Convenience for Knowle Green

The high court has quashed an order stopping up public access to highway land at Knowle Green in the borough of Solihull.  The order was made on our application.  The land comprises the public conveniences and surrounding land on a traffic island at the junction of Station Road and the High Street in Knowle. The…
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