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Countryside Access Forum

Countryside Access Forums are groups of volunteers who provide independent advice on ways to improve public access to land.

This can range from issues like public access to private land and disability routes, through to environmental initiatives and planning applications that affect parks and open spaces. 

I you would interest in joining the Rutland Countryside Access Forum or would like to know more, please contact our Public Rights of Way team by emailing: rightsofway@rutland.gov.uk or calling: 01572 722 577.

Further information is also provided below.


Rutland was previously shared a Countryside Access Forum with South Lincolnshire but is now setting up its own group.

We need at least 10 members to establish the forum, which will meet up to four times a year. 

We are particularly interested hearing from landowners and farmers who have an interest in public access around the county. We also want to hear from walkers, cyclists and horse riders, as well as people with disabilities. 

Your role

Members of the Rutland Countryside Access Forum need to attend at least two meetings a year. Meetings will be held at our offices in Oakham.

You need to have a good knowledge of countryside issues in Rutland and be willing to discuss possible solutions to agreed local issues. This could include:

  • Public access to private land such as Rutland Water, Eyebrook Reservoir or Forestry Commission land
  • Countryside for all, including disability routes and events
  • Public Rights of Way policy, diversions and upgrades
  • Planning applications that affect access to areas such as parks, open spaces and Public Rights of Way
  • New environmental initiatives and incentives
  • Loss of Public Rights of Way 

Council support

We provide a secretary, publish the group's minutes and provides a venue for meetings.  

Meetings are usually attended by a Public Rights of Way Officer and a nominated County Councillor. 

Topics of discussion, meeting times and the chair person are all decided by group members.

How to join

If you're interested in joining the Rutland Countryside Access Forum please contact our Public Rights of Way team by emailing: rightsofway@rutland.gov.uk or calling: 01572 722 577.

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