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Right to Roam, Access land around Harrogate District

When walking in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) you can leave the paths and create your own route. 

Access Land

The ‘Right to Roam’ gives visitors to Nidderdale AONB the chance to walk freely over more than 200 square km of ‘Access Land’ leaving the well-walked paths behind to explore the landscape for yourself. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to walk unrestricted in a wild place and experience a sense of freedom not often available in the modern world.  On the Ordanance Survey map for the area, Explorer 298, Access Land is shown shaded yellow, and is typically heather moorland.

Responsible Access

Please be aware that this right of access comes with responsibilities to follow the Countryside Code and, in those areas of heather moorland – the Moorland Visitors Code

Some of the heather moorlands have managed grouse populations and may exclude dogs to protect these and other ground nesting birds, during the shooting season large sections of access land will be closed, though this will not effect public rights of way.

Advice and information about restrictions is available via the AONB website.

Be Prepared

It is also important that visitors undertaking walks away from roads and established paths equip themselves with a map and suitable footwear and clothing, be aware of the changing weather conditions in the hills.

Make sure you have a charged mobile phone.

Walkers Are Welcome

You’ll find a wealth of walker friendly accommodation and great shops and tearooms to refuel and stock up in, so bring your walking boots for an adventurous walking holiday in the Harrogate District or just the option of a gentle stroll when you find yourself with a few spare hours.

After a day out in the fresh air, there is nothing like a cosy pub, a hearty meal and a comfy bed.   Choose from a luxurious hotel, or a welcoming guesthouse.  Or if self-catering is more your style, rural country cottages, camping and caravanning are all on offer.

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