West Berkshire Council

Countryside and Public Rights of Way

The Countryside Service provides opportunities for people to access and enjoy the West Berkshire countryside. 
Our aim is to protect, conserve and manage our valuable and popular countryside areas for the benefit of both wildlife and people.

We promote these locations for public access in a way which does not damage local wildlife, and we provide educational opportunities for our visitors, especially children, to learn more about these special places.


Walking, Cycling and Horse Riding - Maps and Open Access Land
Cycling, riding and walking routes and maps in West Berkshire
Trees and Hedgerows
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and management of hedges and trees
Our Tree Guides
Information on a range of tree and woodland-related matters
Countryside Management in West Berkshire
Management of commons, country parks and nature reserves
Nature Discovery Centre
Education about the countryside and nature at the Nature Discovery Centre. Now under the management of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Nature Reserves
Nature Reserves are now under the management of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Countryside Volunteers
Opportunities for groups or individuals with our partner organisations or with West Berkshire Council
Gypsies and Travellers
Services for gypsies and travellers, and how unauthorised sites and encampments are dealt with
Local Access Forum
Improving access to the countryside through the Mid and West Berkshire Local Access Forum (LAF)
Village Greens and Commons Landowners Register
Registering land as a village green or common
The Definitive Map - Recorded Public Rights of Way
Public Path Orders
Rights of Way Maintenance and Enforcement
More Public Rights of Way

Who To Contact

Assistance with a range of issues related to council services

01635 551111