Walkers, ramblers and hikers have certain rights when it comes to walking in the countryside. They can, for example, use:
- Public rights of way - i.e. those footpaths, byways and bridleways that are designated as being public rights of way. Public rights of way are usually clearly marked along their routes and are also marked on Ordnance Survey maps.
- Permissive rights of way - i.e. paths through private land where the owner of the land has given permission for access.
- Right to roam - i.e. under The Countryside and Right to Roam Act of 2000 people walking are allowed to access certain areas of open countryside such as moors, downs, heaths and mountains.
- Access land - i.e. land owned by bodies such as the National Trust, Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission. Options here also include national parks and AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Access may be limited here in some cases for various reasons.
- Specific walks - i.e. walks or trails that are marked out on a specific route such as National Trails, Recreational Routes and Unwaymarked Routes.
Bear in mind that the rules and regulations governing walking in the countryside may differ in Scotland. In any case, it is expected that the walker will act responsibly and take due care when walking.