Access to woods

We’ve been working for greater access to woodland since the Ramblers was first created in 1935.

We share the aspiration of the Independent Panel on Forestry (set up after the Government’s unpopular move to sell off publically owned woodland in 2010) for a future where everyone has access to a wood or wooded area close to where they live. Access to both publicly and privately owned woodlands should be the norm.

Following on from the Government’s Forestry and Woodland Policy Statement, we’re working to try and open up more existing woodland so that as many people as possible can enjoy the simple pleasure of going for a walk in the woods.

To find out which Forestry Commission woods you can walk in check out their interactive access map. The Woodland Trust also allows people access to their woods - see the Visit Woods website.