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Useful Links


Natural England (formerly the Countryside Agency)

Find information on the Countryside Code, including educational resources for teachers and group leaders, details of the new right of access to Access Land (the 'right to roam'), and much more.





The Yorkshire Wolds Way - official site

Read about the Yorkshire Wolds Way which winds through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England.





The Trans-Pennine Trail

Learn about the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT), an exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders which links the North and Irish seas.





British Horse Society (BHS)

Read about how the BHS charity promotes the health of horses and a greater provision of bridleways for use by riders.





The Ramblers' Association - the largest charity for walkers

Find details of the East Yorkshire and Derwent Area Ramblers (they include groups based in Beverley, Driffield, Howden and Goole, Hull and Holderness, and Pocklington).





British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV)

Learn how to get involved in practical conservation projects near you!  BTCV's members specialise in bringing about positive environmental change.





Natural England

Read about the work of Natural England, the statutory champion and watchdog working to improve the quality of life of people in the countryside and to enhance the quality of the countryside for all.  Discover how its employees work for people, places and nature to enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas.  Learn about Natural England's role in promoting countryside access, recreation and public well-being, and contributions to the sustainable management of natural resources.





The Local Long Distance Walkers' Association

Enter this local website for details of long distance walks (between 12 and 20 miles) divided into 'social' and 'challenge' walks.






Read about the work of DEFRA (the Government Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) on this website.  DEFRA's role is to make the countryside accessible, 

attractive and well-managed, and to enhance the landscape and conservation values of the countryside.  The Department's employees prepare legislation such as the CROW Act and devise regulations and circulars to assist local authorities (councils).





Environment Agency

Learn about the leading public body which protects and improves the environment (particularly the water environment of England).





Forestry Commission

Learn about the role of the Government-sponsored body responsible for forestry policy in Great Britain.  The Commission exists to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands.  Its employees provide advice to private woodland owners, and open up publicly-owned woods for cycling, horseriding and walking.  





National Trust


Discover how the Trust is preserving and protecting the coastline, countryside and historic houses of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.




Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Read about two reserves in the East Riding of Yorkshire (Bempton Cliffs and Blacktoft Sands) and family R.S.P.B. events.  The Charity's work is designed to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, thus helping to create a better world for us all. 





The Fieldfare Trust

Find out about the Fieldfare Trust and its work to make the countryside more accessible and enjoyable for people with disabilities.  The Trust can offer a comprehensive advisory service, and practical help such as Disability Awareness Training and a countryside access audit service.





Woodland Trust

Learn about the UK's leading charity dedicated to the protection of our native woodland.  The charity supports community access to those woods which it owns. 





Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Read about the voluntary charitable organisation which cares for Yorkshire's natural landscape and wild species.




The Wolds and Riverbank Countryside Society (WARCS)

Discover WARCS, an East Yorkshire group whose members work to protect and maintain the local landscape.





The East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust

Learn about this local organisation which works with others to protect and enhance important chalk river habitats in East Yorkshire.  Group members aim to raise awareness of chalk rivers.





Walking In Yorkshire

Local website bringing together the various walks from around the wider Yorkshire area.





Get impartial journey planning information for all public transport services - buses, coaches, trains and trams - in Yorkshire.





Transport Direct

Use a national journey planner which covers the United Kingdom (not Northern Ireland).






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