Calderdale Local Access Forum

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What is Calderdale Local Access Forum?

As in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, the Calderdale Local Access Forum’s function is to provide advice to the Council and other bodies on matters relating to:

  • the improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area;
  • the needs of land management, and the desirability of conserving the natural beauty and habitats of the area.

Calderdale has the largest density of Open Access Land of any district access authority in England. Our access facilities include:

  • a very high density of public rights of way;
  • the National Trust land at Hardcastle Craggs;
  • Yorkshire Water access facilities and much more.

For more on enjoying our outdoors, please visit: Visit Calderdale .


The forum membership is made up of local people interested in:

  • walking;
  • heritage;
  • environmental issues;
  • education;
  • mountain biking;
  • horse riding;
  • and management of Calderdale's paths and bridleways.

Two or three Calderdale Councillors are also members. Hopefully, more representation from landowners and farmers, the disabled community and minority countryside user groups can be obtained soon. If you are involved in those activities and interested in becoming a member, submit your nomination by email to: .


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You do not have to be a member to have a view on these issues. As an observer, you can attend and (by arrangement) have the opportunity to ask questions at the Forum meetings. You can also email your comments to: .

Meeting dates

Calderdale Local Access Forum will meet at 6.15pm in Halifax Town Hall, room D, on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 25th September 2018.

Minutes of meetings



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