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Vacancies on Yorkshire Dales Access Forum

Bainbridge, 2 October, 2018

An independent group which advises the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) on all matters relating to ‘open-air recreation’ is recruiting new members.

The Yorkshire Dales Access Forum, which meets three times a year in Bainbridge, needs five new members.  

Forum members are unpaid volunteers but receive travel expenses, and are appointed for a term of three years.  The membership has been staged so that about a third is renewed annually.  

Applications are invited from people who own and work the land, and from people who use it for recreation or a variety of other interests.  Current members include farmers and landowners, people in the tourism trade, as well as keen walkers, cyclists and recreational motor enthusiasts.

Rachel Briggs, the YDNPA’s Access and Recreation Officer, said:  “The Access Forum has an important role to play in addressing the challenges that regularly crop up regarding public rights of way and open access land.  At its meeting today for instance, the forum was debating the tensions caused by unlicensed camera drone operators and by people inappropriately letting dogs off the lead.  

“Forum members can put forward ideas for improving open air recreation.  People can make a positive contribution to the Yorkshire Dales by joining the forum.”

The deadline for applications to join the Yorkshire Dales Access Forum is 16 November 2018.  Anyone who would like to be considered for membership can contact Rachel Briggs by phone, 01969 652363, or by email at  

The Yorkshire Dales Access Forum is one of 86 ‘Local Access Forums’ in England, created as a result of the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000.

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