Open Access, or the 'right to roam' away from the path applies to mapped access land and includes:
We're a bit short on mountain, moor and down land, here in Nottinghamshire, but we do have some access land to explore, including heath land, common land and dedicated land.
All types of access land are shown on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps. Download our guide to Ordnance Survey maps for Nottinghamshire [PDF].
Open access land in Nottinghamshire
We have almost 80 areas of open access land in Nottinghamshire ranging from small village greens to larger areas over 17 hectares (42 acres).
Some of the best to visit include:
Budby Heath, off the A616 near Budby
Rainworth Heath, off the A617 near Rainworth
Car Colston Common, off the A46 at Car Colston
North and South Holmes, Trent riverside, near Sutton-on-Trent.
On access land you can:
But please remember not to:
Ride a horse or bicycle (unless on a bridleway crossing access land)
Drive a motor vehicle
Camp, light fires or use a metal detector
Wander close to property - to protect the privacy of people who live and work on access land there is a 20m exclusion zone around properties and buildings containing livestock.
Dogs are welcome on access land but please follow these simple guidelines:
Keep your dog on a lead shorter than two metres between 1st March & 31st July (to protect ground nesting birds)
Always keep your dog on a short lead in the vicinity of livestock
Please always clean up after your dog.
Landowners have the right to close access land, so to avoid disappointment always check for any local access restrictions on the Natural England website before setting off.