In May 2005 the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CROW) came into force, clearly identifying open access land in Wales and England. One fifth of Wales is mapped as 'access land' where the public have a right of access on foot. Access land, under the CRoW Act, is mostly open country; mountain, moor, heath and downland.
However, access land also includes 'registered common land' (land that is recorded on the official registers held by the commons registration authorities), together with areas of 'dedicated public forests' where owners such as the Natural Resources Wales allow free access.To implement the CRoW Act, CCW worked with landowners, tenants and other interested parties to produce accurate maps of all open access land.Such clarity has ensured that everyone understands their rights and obligations in respect of the landscape - both landowners, and the people who visit the land itself.The provisional map is now up and running online via http://naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/splash?orig=/ - you can also study the draft map modification statements online.
You can inspect the provisional map and the draft map modification statements at the following Natural Resources Wales offices: Maes Y Ffynnon in Bangor, Mold, Aberystwyth, Newtown, Abergavenny and St Mellons; the Head Offices of Snowdonia National Park Authority, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Copies of the provisional map may also be inspected online, free of charge, at most public libraries in Wales.
The Review Timetable.
· 7th August 2013 - Natural Resources Wales issued the all Wales provisional maps.
· 7th November 2013 - Deadline for appeals applications to the Planning Inspectorate.
· 9th May 2014 - Appeals process ends.
· 24th September 2014 - Natural Resources Wales will issue all Wales conclusive map.