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What are Rights to Roam, Open Access and CRoW?

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These terms all refer to the 'Countryside Rights of Way Act' or CRoW for short. CRoW was a government initiative granting new rights of public access on foot to areas of open land. CRoW came into force in summer 2005 and required a wholesale change to Ordnance Survey mapping.

The work required to update over 200,000 square miles of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping was colossal. To make this possible the Ordnance Survey divided the country into regions and released the new maps in phases. The rollout of these phases was timed to coincide with the local authorities who also phased the rollout of open access area definitions.

Which Maps Contain Open Access Markings

All TrackLogs 1:25,000 Explorer maps now contain open access markings[1]. This includes TrackLogs Explorer digital maps which mimic the boundaries of the popular paper mapping series. 1:25,000 site centred maps also include open access markings for all areas of England and Wales.

1:50,000 Landranger maps do NOT contain open access markings and the Ordnance Survey have not announced any plans to modify these maps.

[1] Open access does not apply to Scotland and maps in this area are unaffected.

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