Yorkshire Dales Access Forum

Could you represent the interests of walkers, climbers and other recreational land users in the Dales? The Yorkshire Dales Access Forum is looking for new members.

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This is an independent group that provides guidance and advice on ways to improve and manage public access and opportunities for open-air recreation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are currently eight vacancies; new applications need to be submitted by December 2.

Meghann Hull, the Access Development Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), said:

'The Forum has the job of working with individuals and organisations that use the 680 square miles of the National Park for leisure and enjoyment, and advising on ways to improve their visits to this special place.'

'This can be anything from suggesting the upgrade of a specific footpath to looking at mobility issues. The members also take part in consultation on a range of documents and strategies issued at local and national level.'

Current members represent interests ranging from land management and agriculture to local business and outdoor recreation. The Forum meets three times a year, although members also sit on a variety of advisory groups that meet more frequently.

Malcolm Petyt, the YDNPA Member Champion for Recreation Management, said:

'Access Forums were set up to improve access in the countryside and to help avoid conflict between those who own and work the land and those who use it for recreation. So it is important that the Forum has people with a range of interests.'

For more details contact Meghann Hull on 01969 652363 or by email

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