Doncaster's Open Access Land The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 created a new statutory right of access on foot to open countryside and common land. The area of land where the right applies has been specifically designated. In the Borough of Doncaster this is restricted to Thorne Moors, part of Hatfield Moor and some small spots of woodland. Access land is shown on the OS Explorer map highlighted with a yellow wash and a pink border.
The Doncaster Borough has four areas of Access Land
Thorne Moors adjoins Crowle and Goole Moors, which lie within the neighbouring local authorities of East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, approximately 15 km west of Scunthorpe. It is separated from Hatfield Moor (also part of the Humberheads Peatlands) to the south by the M180. Although totalling over 3000 ha, the NNR consists of a 2888 ha area of lowland raised bog, the largest area of its type in lowland Britain. The two sites are invaluable for wildlife, despite a history of peat cutting spanning the period from the Middle Ages right through to 2004.
Access to Thorne Moors can be gained via public footpaths from Moorends (Grange Road and Wilkinson Avenue) or via Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Crowle Moors.
The NNR has an active volunteer team who carry out a variety of tasks at the NNR from practical habitat management to wildlife surveys or wardening. For more details of how to get involved visit Natural England's website.Humberhead Peatlands
Part of the site has been dedicated as Open Access Land.
Access to the site is available off the A614 at Boston Park (parking) and from the public bridleway along Moor Lane leading out of Wroot.
Sandwith Hill is owned and managed by Doncaster Council.
For more information regarding Thorne and Hatfield Moor Natural England and partners produce a newsletter, Moor Space,
- Moor Space Summer 2019
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Older copies may be downloaded from the link at the right hand side of this page.
For further information regarding open access land in Doncaster contact the Public Rights of Way Section
• tel: 01302 736000
• email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• in person or by post: Public Rights of Way Service, Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
For further information regarding open access land in general contact Natural England
- Public Rights of Way
- Public Rigths of Way Improvement Plan
- Public Rights of Way Forum
- Trans Pennine Trail
- Public Rights of Way Temporary Closures
- Public Rights of Way Map Changes
- Register of Land Owner Declarations
- Moor Space Winter 2018
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- Moor Space Spring 2017
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- Moor Space Winter 2016
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- Moor Space Spring 2016
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- Moor Space Autumn 2015
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- Moor Space Summer 2015
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