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Hampshire Countryside Service

Parish Guide

A handy reference document providing information on your powers and how to improve local access. It is a great resource to help you respond to problems on the rights of way network and answer most countryside access queries.

The guide is written so that it doesn't need to be read from cover to cover.

  • Foreword  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 147kB
  • Introduction to the Parish Guide
    A brief overview of the guide, with a full list of contents for each chapter. There is also a handy contact list, and a map of the county showing where each Area Team works.
  • What is Countryside Access?  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB
    The basic historical, geographical and legal framework for access in Hampshire
  • Legal Records of Access  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB
    The background to the often perplexing world of the Definitive Map and Access Maps. It also explains how Parish Councils can get involved in making changes to the Map.
  • Who's responsible?  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB
    The nitty-gritty of access management; it's where Parish Councils find out what powers are available to them. There is also information about those that share similar responsibilities, such as the County Council, land owners and managers, and users.
  • A-Z of path problems  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 4MB
    A handy reference guide that a glance will help sort out the day to day issues that crop up on all path networks. Not necessarily all problems, but subjects that it's useful for a parish to have knowledge about; everything from abandoned cars to zoonoses!
  • Improving local access  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 2MB
    The practical section where we get down to the serious business of discussing what parishes can do to make a difference, how to go about it and what support there is to help them achieve it.
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