Access Land

The orange area denotes Access Land.
The orange area denotes Access Land.


OL8 – Chichester, South Harting & Selsey OS Explorer published in 2015 denotes the orange area as Access Land.

It is hoped that the visitor to Bepton Down will respect the following code of conduct governing Access Land as found on the website  :-

You can access some land across England without having to use paths – this land is known as ‘open access land’ or ‘access land’.

Access land includes mountains, moors, heaths and downs that are privately owned.

Your right to access this land is called the ‘right to roam’, or ‘freedom to roam’.

What you can and can’t do

You can use access land for walking, running, watching wildlife and climbing. 

There are certain activities you can’t usually do on open access land, including:

  • horse-riding
  • cycling
  • camping
  • taking animals other than dogs on to the land
  • driving a vehicle (except a mobility vehicle)

Dogs on open access land

You must keep your dog on a lead no more than 2 metres long on open access land:

  • between 1 March and 31 July – to protect ground-nesting birds
  • at all times around livestock

The CROW Act allows you to walk freely on Access Land and you do not have to stick to linear routes (such as footpaths or bridleways) unless you want to.