Commentary

214 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949

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| Commentary

214 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949

| Commentary

214 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949

Local authorities have the power to make orders securing access to ‘open countryside’ for open air recreation subject to confirmation by the Secretary of State for the Environment1. The expression ‘open countryside’ is widely defined as land consisting ‘wholly or predominantly of mountain, moor, heath, down, cliff or foreshore (including any bank, barrier, dune, beach, flat or other land adjacent to the foreshore)’ and also any woodlands, rivers and canals in the countryside. Rights of access may be enjoyed by the public subject to such conditions as may

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