An Outdoor Access Forum exists in Dumfries and Galloway which is made up of members representing land managers, recreation groups and public bodies. The forum's main role is to advise the Council on access issues and the development of the Core Paths Plan.
The Outdoor Access Forum are advising Dumfries and Galloway Council to ensure the region's population is represented in decisions that are made on Outdoor Access.
The remit of the group is to provide advice on:
- The exercise of access rights
- The adoption and use of core paths
- The resolution of disputes
- Exemptions of land
Within Dumfries and Galloway this remit is widened to take on a more strategic overview of access-related work to include:
- The Countryside Access Strategy
- Funding for Access work and Joint Projects
- Raising Awareness on Access Issues
- Education promoting responsible Countryside Access
- Access Monitoring Projects and Initiatives
- Assisting and Supporting Access Partnerships
The Forum meets three or four times a year in Castle Douglas.
Chairman - Peter Ross
Secretary - Julie Robertson
Minutes of Outdoor Access Forum meetings are available to download once agreed: