Open access land
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 created new rights for people to walk on areas of open country and registered common land in England.
There are 3 areas of land in Bracknell Forest that have been dedicated as Open Access. These are shown on the map.
Part of this local heathland nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest is between Crowthorne and Sandhurst. The site is jointly managed by the council and the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).
This is a local heathland nature reserve managed by BBOWT.
This is an area of conifer plantation that has been voluntarily dedicated for Open Access by the Forestry Commission.
Rules and regulations
The new right of open access does not include:
- horse riding
- driving a vehicle
However, where any of these activities already take place, for example horse riding or cycling on an existing bridleway, the activity is unaffected by the new regulations.
Dog owners should also note that the new access rights require you to keep your dog on a lead of no more than 2m long between 1 March and 31 July (the main breeding period for ground-nesting birds) or at any time of year when you are near livestock.