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Countryside and coastal access

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Increasing how much people walk and cycle will help us to: improve health and wellbeing improve sickness rates reduce obesity, cases of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers reduce green house gas emissions reduce congestion. Walking and cycling is not just good for your health but also for your wallet: consider the amount you can save by reducing petrol costs and parking charges. What we’re doing to increase walking and cycling: introducing the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 ...
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In Wales you have access to over 400,000 hectares of open country, registered common land, Forestry Commission land and National Parks.

Countryside & Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000

The Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 (external link) gives walkers access to the countryside and amends the law on public rights of way.  All open country and registered common land has been mapped in Wales.  For further information please visit Natural Resources Wales - maps (external link).

Walking and cycling

The Active Travel Action Plan explains how we and our partners are supporting walking and cycling in Wales. A key aim of the Plan is to help secure a change in behaviour - so that more people, young and old, walk and cycle more often.

Coastal access and the Wales Coast Path

We fund Natural Resources Wales and local authorities on an annual basis for them to maintain, promote and improve the Wales Coast path (external link).