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Countryside access map

Terms and conditions for using the interactive countryside access map.

Please read the following before using the interactive countryside access map to help you locate public Rights of Way and open access land.

Statement of Purpose

This interactive Countryside Access Map is a user-friendly GIS (Geographical Information System), which enables you to view Ordnance Survey maps on your computer, to search for information on leisure walks and rides, areas of open access land and public rights of way in Oxfordshire and display this information on a map or satellite image. It can also be used to report problems on the rights of way network online.

The public Rights of Way data shown on it is correct as of last update. Information is derived from the Definitive Map and Statement for Oxfordshire, which has a relevant date of 21.2.2006, and later changes. However, please note this Countryside Access Map does NOT constitute a legal record. Further details are available on the Definitive Map and Statement webpage.

Terms and conditions

Oxfordshire County Council makes every effort to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up-to-date. However, the data does not constitute a legal record and we can not accept responsibility for any loss or inconvenience caused by reliance on inaccurate material contained in this site.

The mapping displayed on this website is supplied by external suppliers and Oxfordshire County Council accepts no responsibility for its accuracy. See below for more information on external maps.

Reliance should not be placed on the countryside access map for legal or commercial purposes.

Mapping and copyright details

The Ordnance Survey mapping and data included within this website is provided by Oxfordshire County Council under licence from the Ordnance Survey in order to fulfil its public function to publicise local public services.

  • Contact Ordnance Survey for advice if you wish to license Ordnance Survey mapping and data for your own use.
  • You are not permitted to copy, otherwise reproduce or download this data other than to make one paper copy for personal use ONLY.

Natural England advises that the best dataset to display is the Access Layer, as this combines Open Country,  Registered Common Land and removes some categories of excepted land such as that covered by Military Byelaws. It therefore presents the simplest view of 'Access Land' to the user.

Dedicated Land is also show in conjunction with the Access layer.

Natural England Open Access land data should not be used as a walking map.

It is essential to remember that some areas of land may be under restriction and not accessible at a particular period of time. This information is only available on the countrysideaccess website and will not be made available as a data layer to third parties due to its complex and dynamic nature.

Similarly, it is important to note that many areas of land included within the Access Layer data set are likely to be excepted from any new right of access. It is not possible to map excepted land (or to remove it from the above data sets) since affected areas may be very small or ephemeral in nature (i.e. excepted at certain times and under certain
conditions only).


Please feedback to us any technical problems you have using the interactive countryside access mapping.  Where possible, please include details of your operating system, web browser, settings for JavaScript and style sheets, and whether you have any form of pop-up blocker installed.

Last reviewed
21 November 2017
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