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

We fight Henley Festival footpath closure

We have objected to plans by the Henley Festival for the temporary closure of the Thames Path National Trail in July 2020. Every year since 1998 the Festival has applied to Wokingham Borough Council, the highway authority, for the temporary closure of the path before, during and after the Festival—and the council has agreed. The…
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Welsh government must ensure new payments to farmers lead to better public access

We have called on the Welsh government to ensure that the payment of public money under the new Sustainable Land Management scheme will benefit the public who wish to gain access to Wales’s farmed land.  The society has responded to the Welsh government’s consultation paper Sustainable Farming and our Land. The society wishes to see…
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We fight development on Hampshire common

We have objected to an application from Mr Christopher Ball to build three houses and an access road on Odiham Common in Hampshire. The land, at Potbridge, is registered common land. Any development on common land requires the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in addition to any planning…
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OSS Footpath to west of Hope-under-Dinmore footpath HD4

We save Herefordshire path from diversion

Our local correspondent Peter Newman has saved a path at Hope-under-Dinmore, four miles south of Leominster in Herefordshire.  Network Rail and Herefordshire Council wanted to replace a footpath, HD4, which crosses the Shrewsbury to Hereford railway line at grade, with a route to the north which passes under the railway and is used by vehicles.…
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