FINAL News/Press release 2021


Help IMPROVE public paths and open space in Dorset for walking, horse riding and cycling

Enjoying Dorset’s countryside and urban areas on foot, horse, bike and responsible vehicles is a pleasure for many local people and visitors but how can it be improved?

Coast path being lost to erosion; the need for safe vehicle free routes for walking, cycling and horse-riding; maintenance/improvement work sensitive to the paths character & landscape; enabling people to walk and ride and not use vehicles for local trips; how to provide better space for children to play and exercise; routes for vehicular users; better access for disabled people to enjoy the countryside; maximising access opportunities for tourism and economy;  complementing farming practices.  The Dorset Local Access Forum considers such matters – and more – and works to find solutions to get the best from Dorset’s Public Rights of Way and public green space.

Be part of the team that helps develop and improve Dorset’s public paths and green space to benefit matters such as recreation, health, equality and diversity, disabled access, planning, transport, economy, conservation, land management and tourism.

The forum is an independent, statutory body providing advice to various organisations, including councils, AONBs, English Heritage, the Forestry Commission, Defra and Natural England, as well as any members of the public who request it.

Anyone can apply to join the DLAF – all you need is commitment, enthusiasm, and experience of using; helping provide or of the wider issues that could be benefited by improved countryside access.  That could be:

·       someone who enjoys walking, horse-riding, cycling, responsible vehicular driving or other outdoor activities, or who uses the county’s rights of way to travel sustainably around their local area;

·       an owner, occupier and/or manager of land – especially with open access or Public Rights of Way;

·       Someone involved with matters such as health, environment, planning, tourism, the economy where improved paths and green space could bring additional public benefits.

The DLAF brings together a diverse mix of people of all ages and expertise to provide fresh, creative and challenging ideas and advice on how to improve and develop paths and countryside access sites in Dorset.  Its members shape the Forum and its work. The forum aims to make Dorset more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, both now and in the future.

To apply to join the DLAF find the application form here

And here

For more information on the role and work of the DLAF, please contact:

Tara Hansford, Strategic Outdoor Access Development Coordinator Tel: 01305 221779

DLAF website

Deadline: 7th November 2021