Open access land is common land and open country (moorland and heath). There is a right of access on foot to walk across designated areas of access land.
The land is mapped by the Ordnance Survey and is mainly to be found in the north of the National Park. Access land will be in some form of private ownership and is an important natural habitat.
Consultation with landowners and the National Park Authority is required for large events to ensure that an event does not impact on farming activities, such as seasonal livestock grazing or bird nesting.