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Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

    1. Part I: Access to the Countryside

      1. Summary

      2. Background

      3. Commentary on sections

        1. Sections 1 to 3 and Schedules 1 and 2: General

        2. Sections 4 to 11 and Schedule 3: Maps

        3. Sections 12 to 14: Rights and liabilities of owners and occupiers

        4. Sections 15 and 16: Access under other enactments and by dedication

        5. Sections 17 to 20: Miscellaneous

        6. Sections 21 to 33: Exclusion or restriction of access

        7. Sections 34 to 39: Means of Access

        8. Sections 40 to 46: General

    2. Part Ii: Public Rights of Way and Road Traffic

      1. Summary

      2. Background

      3. Commentary on sections

        1. Sections 47 to 52: Definitive Maps and Statements and Restricted Byways

        2. Sections 53 to 56: Cut-off date for recording certain rights of way on definitive maps and extinguishment of those not so recorded

        3. Section 57 and Schedule 6: Creation, stopping up and diversion of highways

        4. Sections 58 and 59: Effect of Part I of the Bill on powers to create, stop up or divert highways

        5. Sections 60 to 62: Rights of way improvement plans

        6. Sections 63 to 65: Interferences with Highways and the Provision of Stiles

        7. Sections 66 to 72: Miscellaneous, including road traffic, vehicular access across common land and stiles.

    3. Part Iii: Nature Conservation and Wildlife Protection

      1. Summary

      2. Background

      3. Commentary on sections

        1. Sections 73 to 80 And Schedule 8

        2. Section 74: Conservation of biological diversity

        3. Schedule 8: English Nature Name Change

        4. Schedule 9 - Sites of Special Scientific Interest

        5. Schedules 10 and 11:  Consequential and Transitional provisions

    4. Part Iii: Provisions for the Enforcement of Wildlife Legislation

      1. Summary

      2. Background

      3. Commentary on sections

        1. Section 81: Enforcement of Wildlife Legislation

        2. Schedule 12: Amendments relating to Part 1 of Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

    5. Part Iv: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      1. Summary

      2. Background

      3. Commentary on sections

        1. Sections 82 - 91, Schedules 13 and 14

    6. Part V: Miscellaneous and Supplementary

      1. Passage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act through Parliament

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