Cornwall Countryside Access Forum

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The Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) is an independent body. It is set up by Cornwall Council under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW). It advises on making the countryside more accessible and enjoyable to the public. This is for open air recreation. It is done in ways which address social, economic and environmental interests.

Members of the Forum are volunteers and represent a balance between:

  • users of the rights of access and rights of way
  • owners or occupiers of access land or land crossed by rights of way
  • those with other interests, including:
    • wildlife conservation
    • cultural heritage
    • tourism
    • sport and recreation
    • health
    • outdoor education
    • local business interests

Current vacancies

The forum currently has vacancies for members representing the two main interests of the forum:

  • users of the rights of access and rights of way
  • owners or occupiers of access land or land crossed by rights of way

We are very interested in hearing from anyone interested in becoming a Member of the forum. In particular in the Landowner category.  More information on the role of the Member and the time commitment can be found on this page

To apply or request further information please email the Forum Secretary at

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  • None scheduled

To view the minutes and agendas of the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum meetings please follow the following:  

CCAF minutes and Agendas

The Forum formally meets four times a year. Working group meetings may also be held to ensure Cornwall Council and the Countryside Agency receive timely advice. The advice is then used to inform mapping and restriction management procedures. In March 2004 Cornwall published its open country and registered common land provisional maps. 

Public meetings are usually held at County Hall, Truro. This may vary from time to time with some occasional working group meetings or site visits also being held.

Cornwall Council provides a Forum secretary. Who's role it is to arrange meetings, agree agendas with the Chairman and circulate papers. Assisting the Chairman to run the Forum. (according to the Local Access Forums (England) Regulations 2007). Produce minutes and facilitate the provision of information to the public. They are the link between the Forum, Cornwall Council, Natural England, DEFRA. As well as linking with other local access forums.

The Secretary will report, as appropriate, the views of the Forum to the relevant officers and committees of Cornwall Council. They will report back to the Forum on any responses or action taken following its advice.

The Forum is required to produce a short Annual Report for Natural England.


The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Members are appointed on a voluntary basis. They are able to claim for reasonable travel expenses for meetings. As well as approved training events and visits. In line with the Cornwall Council's Members' Allowances Scheme.

Members of the forum are recruited annually.  This page describes:

  • the requirements for those wishing to apply in terms of relevant experience
  • the level of commitment expected
  • required knowledge and skills
  • any additional factors considered

The table below also indicates if these requirements are essential or desirable.  As well as how they will be identified (application and/or interview).




How Identified

Relevant Experience

User of footpaths, bridleways and byways in Cornwall such as:
by foot

  • by cycle
  • by horse
  • by vehicle; or

Landowner, land occupier, land manager or farmer of land in Cornwall; or

Interests relevant to Cornwall, such as:

  • wildlife conservation
  • historic environment
  • natural environment
  • tourism
  • sport
  • recreation
  • health
  • outdoor education
  • local businesses
  • the military

Experience of involvement in organisations relevant to the work of the Forum




Ability to attend meetings, generally every two months

Ability to attend relevant training sessions

Ability to network with a wide range of interest outside of Forum meetings

Willingness to work within Terms of Reference

Willingness to achieve purpose of Forum through constructive working with other Members

Ability to attend one-off/regular working group meetings, as necessary

Ability to attend site visits every four months or so



Knowledge and Skills

Good communication skills

Good interpersonal skills

Ability to work within a team




Any Additional Factors



Willingness to work electronically



Regulations require a balance of Members representing the two main interest groups. Users of the rights of access and rights of way, and owners or occupiers of access land or land crossed by rights of way.

Regulations encourage representation of other interests especially those relevant to the local area. Such as tourism, sport and recreation, health, outdoor education and local business interests.

Member appointment is for a mixture of one, two and three years. This has allowed for the staggered replacement of Members over time, so, providing continuity to the Forum. Regulations dictate that appointments can only be between one and three years. With Members being eligible for reappointment. New appointments would be made for three years to provide some continuity. But, where vacancies arise appointments may be made for either one or two years to maintain balance.

The lower and upper limits to the size of the Forum (10 and 22) are set out in the Regulations. To maintain 20 Members, Cornwall Council looks to balance an effective size with a broad representation of interests.

Regulations restrict the number of Members of a council or national park authority. With three members of Cornwall Council appointed to the Forum.

The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Forum are elected at each Annual Meeting to serve for one year. There is no restriction upon the number of years these offices are held, providing the Member remains appointed to the Forum.

Members will be sought who can bring a wide range of experience, including that of:

  • general recreational use. E.g. walking, riding, cycling, limited mobility access;
  • land management. E.g. farming, forestry, common land management;
  • land ownership. E.g. landowners, occupiers and tenants; and
  • wildlife conversation, cultural heritage conservation. Tourism, sport and active recreational pursuits (such as climbing, fishing).  Health, outdoor education, the military and local business interests

Defra encourage authorities to account for the needs of:

  • young people,
  • women,
  • people on low incomes, and
  • people with disabilities

Applications from individuals from under represented areas and with appropriate experience are welcome.

Secretarial support is provided by Cornwall Council through electronic communications to Members. Members would find it useful to have access to email and the internet, although this is not a requirement.

For more information please contact the Secretary's representative. Lynne Beardsmore, on 01579 341243 or by email:

A register of interests for members of the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum below:
Nick Jeans

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Committee Member Devon and Cornwall Rural Practice Group of RICS. Member of the Country Land and Business Association. Former Agent for Right Honourable Viscount Falmouth and Honourable Evelyn Boscawen, Tregothnan Estate. Committee Member and Leader in running fitness Truro Running Club.
Julie Bate

Worked as a Footpaths Officer. Pennine Trails Alignment Officer. Countryside Officer for the Countryside Agency. Various freelance contracts for Local Authorities and the Countryside Agency. Member of Youth Hostels Association, Member of RSPB.
Patrick Aubrey-Fletcher

Professional member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). County Adviser (Cornwall) for the National Farmers Union. Ordinary Member of the National Trust. Ordinary Member of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

Tony Blumenau

Landowner interested in access.

Jim Candy

An Elected Member of Cornwall Council. Member of Liberal Democrat Party.

Stephen Church

Secretary of the South West Coast Path Association. Chairman of Bude Canal Trust.

Gill Derryman

Landowner and manager. A walker and driver and rider of horses. Member of British Horse Society. Access and Rights of Way Officer for Cornwall British Driving Society. Member of South West Riders.

Joy Duffin

An Elected Member of Cornwall Council. Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment.

Howard Farmer

Member of St Newlyn East Parish Council. Member of the National Farmers Union and National Trust.

Terry Faull

Member of North Petherwin Parish Council. Joint owner and manager of a small area of woodland in North Petherwin. Member of the Woodland Trust. Member of the National Trust. Member of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Member of the British Agricultural History Society. Member of Mary and Michael Pilgrims Way. Writer and lecturer on countryside and walking matters.

Robert Fraser

Rights of Way Officer for Ramblers Association (Cornwall). Part owner of land in Mylor Parish over which a public footpath passes.

Ian Kemp

National Trust General Manager for North Cornwall. Member of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. A small landowner. Member of the Cornwall Smallholders Group. Regular user of public footpaths, bridleways and access land. Occasional cyclist and canoeist.

Bill Maddern

An Elected Member of Cornwall Council.

Ann Martin

Employed by Imerys Minerals Limited.

Jacqueline Merrick

Elected Member Camborne Town Council (Treslothan Division).  Member of the Green Party and West Cornwall Green Party.  Member of the Association of Green Councillors.  Member of Greenpeace UK.  Member of the British Ecological Society. Member of the Cornwall Mammal Group. Member of Cornwall Smallholder Group. Member of Cornwall Badger Rescue and BROCK. British Horse Society Supporter. Woodland Trust Member. CoaST One Planet Tourism Host Member. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Member. Cooperative Member. Farming and Countryside Education Member. National Farmers Union Countryside Non-committee member. Cornwall Local Nature Partnership Member. Brea Open Spaces Improvement Group Member. Red River Rescuers Member. Friends of Tuckingmill Valley Park CTC Representative. Towans Partnership CTC Representative . Spinney Doorstep Green CTC Representative. Cornwall Flood Forum Graduate member. Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Student member. Institute of Leadership and Management.

James Scobie

Member of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). A past President of CLA in Cornwall. A CLA representative on Cornwall AONB partnership. Owner and occupier of property beside a public footpath and near the coast. Occupier of property with public footpaths on it and near the coast. Member of the National Trust.

Patricia Thomas

Member of the Country Land and Business Association (Cornwall Committee).

The Cornwall Countryside Access Forum does not have the power to make decisions. It advises Cornwall Council on how to perform executive functions in relation to public rights of way and countryside access.

The Forums primary purpose is to advise bodies specified in Section 94(4) of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW). This includes Cornwall Council. Advising on making the countryside more accessible and enjoyable for open air recreation. In ways to address social, economic and environmental interests. It encourages and assists access provision. Giving strategic advice on issues of particular relevance to Cornwall. It is expected to improve liaison between interest groups and link with other forums.

It gives advice on three main topics:

  • the development of recreation and access strategies. Catering for a wide range of people
  • the improvement of the rights of way network and
  • implementation, management and review of the statutory right of access to the countryside

It also aims to:

  • develop a constructive and inclusive approach to improvement of countryside recreational access
  • respect local circumstances and different interests. Whilst operating within national guidance
  • provide advice on issues of principle and good practice. Consistent with national guidance
  • engage in constructive debate and seek consensus wherever possible
  • where consensus is not possible, make clear the differing views and suggest resolution

Developing recreation and access strategies

The Forum also has a role in providing advice to a range of bodies specified in the Regulations in terms of:

  • improvement of public access to land in the area. Whether by foot, horse, cycle, canoe, mechanically propelled vehicle or any other lawful means. For the purposes of open air recreation and the enjoyment of the area
  • public access to land in the area. For any other lawful purpose. Whether on foot, horse, cycle, canoe or by any means other than mechanically propelled vehicle
  • public access to land in the area by means of a mechanically propelled vehicle. For any other lawful purpose but only in so far as the access relates to byways open to all traffic (BOAT).

In giving advice the Forum aims to influence with independent, constructive, incisive and informed comment. Taking account of a broad range and balance of local interests.

Improving the rights of way network

Access authorities are required to prepare Rights of Way Improvement Plans. Under Section 60 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The plans aims are to review their rights of way network adequacy. As well as propose action to secure an improved network.

The Forum gives strategic advice to Cornwall Council on:

  • reviews of rights of way. Including the extent to which local rights of way meet the present and likely future needs of the public
  • the draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan before publication;
  • the results of public consultation on the draft Plan. With any particularly significant issues which have arisen
  • the priorities for the action plans which follow from the review and
  • progress in implementing the action plan.
  • The Forum takes a strategic approach to its work on rights of way. Advising on cases of national significance which have implications for local access provision.

Implementation, Management and Review of the statutory right of access to the countryside

The Forum advises and assists in the introduction, management and review of the statutory right of countryside access. Natural England has the power to close land or apply restrictions to the right of access. On the grounds of nature conservation, heritage, specific land management needs. As well as danger of fire, or other danger to the public.

Natural England may not be able to consult the Forum on each application for local restrictions, especially on short notice. But, it will aim to consult on applications for all extensive or longer-term local restrictions to access.

Annual Review Form

View the CCAF Annual Review Form

Cornwall Countryside Access Forum Constitution

View the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum Constitution

Member contact details

Contact details for the members of the forum will be added soon.

Please follow the links below to organisations that Cornwall Countryside Access Forum feel may be useful.


Horse riding

  • British Horse Society.  Foremost and most influential equestrian charity in the UK. Representing the interests of 3.5 million people in the UK who ride or who drive horse-drawn vehicles
  • The Pony Club.  An international voluntary youth organisation. Dedicated to encouraging young people to ride and care for horses and ponies


  • CTC.  A national cycling charity promoting all forms of cycling
  • Sustrans.  The leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport

Dog walking

Off road driving

Land Managers



Other interest groups

  • The British Mountaineering Council.  A National representative body for England and Wales. Protecting the freedoms and promoting the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers
  • Open Spaces Society.  A UK campaigning group working to protect public rights of way and open spaces. Including common land and village greens
  • Cornwall Orienteering Club.  Promoting orienteering in and around Cornwall.

Other Local Access Forums

Please find below other access forums that you may find useful:

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