Open Access

From May 2005 The Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act 2000 gave a new right of access on foot for the purposes of open-air recreation to open country, common land and land dedicated as access land. The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) designated the open access land.

The open access land in the couty borough consists of:



hectares of registered common land



hectares of woodland managed by Natural Resources Wales



hectares of open country

= 5783


hectares in Caerphilly County Borough or over 20% of the
county borough



1 Hectare = 2 ½ acres or 2 Rugby pitches So that’s about
2890 Rugby pitches worth of open access land you can
enjoy walking on in Caerphilly County Borough.

This new open access land offers great opportunities for informal recreation. However, with these opportunities come rights and responsibilities for the public who wish to use the land and the landowners and farmers who manage the land.

If you are about to explore the county borough please follow the recently updated Country Code. Landowners are also being encouraged to refer to ‘Managing Access in the Countryside - a guide for farmers and landowners’ published by the Natural Resources Wales to help them manage open access land.



Look out for these symbols which identify open access land.

Visit the Natural Resources Wales website for more information.

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