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.

Please see the video from DEFRA relating to the Countryside Code and Coronavirus.

And the following web link to the Countryside Code (downloadable/viewable) leaflet and poster:  Countryside Code webpage.

Concerned about a rough sleeper?
Connecting rough sleepers to local services using StreetLink
Walking, Cycling and Horse Riding - Maps and Open Access Land
Cycling, riding and walking routes and maps in West Berkshire
Countryside and Commons Management in West Berkshire
Commons, country parks and nature reserves management in West Berkshire
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
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
Hermitage Green
Lease of Hermitage Green
Respect our Parks and Open Spaces
Parks and open spaces have been enjoyed by a huge number of people since the country first went into lockdown in March 2020.
Our footpaths, bridleways and byways
The Definitive Map - Recorded Public Rights of Way
Public Path Orders
Rights of Way Maintenance and Enforcement
More Public Rights of Way
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and management of hedges and trees
More Trees and Hedgerows

Who To Contact

Assistance with a range of issues related to council services

01635 551111