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Section 2.

SCHEDULE 2E+W Restrictions to be observed by persons exercising right of access

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Notes

General restrictionsE+W

1Section 2(1) does not entitle a person to be on any land if, in or on that land, he—E+W

(a)drives or rides any vehicle other than an invalid carriage as defined by section 20(2) of the M1Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970,

(b)uses a vessel or sailboard on any non-tidal water,

(c)has with him any animal other than a dog,

(d)commits any criminal offence,

(e)lights or tends a fire or does any act which is likely to cause a fire,

(f)intentionally or recklessly takes, kills, injures or disturbs any animal, bird or fish,

(g)intentionally or recklessly takes, damages or destroys any eggs or nests,

(h)feeds any livestock,

(i)bathes in any non-tidal water,

(j)engages in any operations of or connected with hunting, shooting, fishing, trapping, snaring, taking or destroying of animals, birds or fish or has with him any engine, instrument or apparatus used for hunting, shooting, fishing, trapping, snaring, taking or destroying animals, birds or fish,

(k)uses or has with him any metal detector,

(l)intentionally removes, damages or destroys any plant, shrub, tree or root or any part of a plant, shrub, tree or root,

(m)obstructs the flow of any drain or watercourse, or opens, shuts or otherwise interferes with any sluice-gate or other apparatus,

(n)without reasonable excuse, interferes with any fence, barrier or other device designed to prevent accidents to people or to enclose livestock,

(o)neglects to shut any gate or to fasten it where any means of doing so is provided, except where it is reasonable to assume that a gate is intended to be left open,

(p)affixes or writes any advertisement, bill, placard or notice,

(q)in relation to any lawful activity which persons are engaging in or are about to engage in on that or adjoining land, does anything which is intended by him to have the effect—

(i)of intimidating those persons so as to deter them or any of them from engaging in that activity,

(ii)of obstructing that activity, or

(iii)of disrupting that activity,

(r)without reasonable excuse, does anything which (whether or not intended by him to have the effect mentioned in paragraph (q)) disturbs, annoys or obstructs any persons engaged in a lawful activity on the land,

(s)engages in any organised games, or in camping, hang-gliding or para-gliding, or

(t)engages in any activity which is organised or undertaken (whether by him or another) for any commercial purpose.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Sch. 2 para. 1 applied (with modifications) (coming into force in accordance with s. 1(2)-(4) of 2002 c. i) by 2002 c. i, ss. 1(2), 11(4)(6)(7), 42 (with ss. 38, 39)

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I1Sch. 2 para. 1 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I2Sch. 2 para. 1 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

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2(1)In paragraph 1(k), “metal detector” means any device designed or adapted for detecting or locating any metal or mineral in the ground.E+W

(2)For the purposes of paragraph 1(q) and (r), activity on any occasion on the part of a person or persons on land is “lawful” if he or they may engage in the activity on the land on that occasion without committing an offence or trespassing on the land.

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C2Sch. 2 para. 2 applied (with modifications) (coming into force in accordance with s. 1(2)-(4) of 2002 c. i) by 2002 c. i, ss. 1(2), 11(4)(6)(7), 42 (with ss. 38, 39)

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I3Sch. 2 para. 2 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I4Sch. 2 para. 2 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

3Regulations may amend paragraphs 1 and 2.E+W

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I5Sch. 2 para. 3 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I6Sch. 2 para. 3 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

4During the period beginning with 1st March and ending with 31st July in each year, section 2(1) does not entitle a person to be on any land if he takes, or allows to enter or remain, any dog which is not on a short lead.E+W

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I7Sch. 2 para. 4 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I8Sch. 2 para. 4 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

5Whatever the time of year, section 2(1) does not entitle a person to be on any land if he takes, or allows to enter or remain, any dog which is not on a short lead and which is in the vicinity of livestock.E+W

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I9Sch. 2 para. 5 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I10Sch. 2 para. 5 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

6In paragraphs 4 and 5, “short lead” means a lead of fixed length and of not more than two metres.E+W

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I11Sch. 2 para. 6 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I12Sch. 2 para. 6 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

Removal or relaxation of restrictionsE+W

7(1)The relevant authority may by direction, with the consent of the owner of any land, remove or relax any of the restrictions imposed by paragraphs 1, 4 and 5 in relation to that land, either indefinitely or during a specified period.E+W

(2)In sub-paragraph (1), the reference to a specified period includes references—

(a)to a specified period in every calendar year, or

(b)to a period which is to be determined by the owner of the land in accordance with the direction and notified by him to the relevant authority in accordance with regulations.

(3)Regulations may make provision as to—

(a)the giving or revocation of directions under this paragraph,

(b)the variation of any direction given under this paragraph by a subsequent direction so given,

(c)the giving or revocation of consent for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), and

(d)the steps to be taken by the relevant authority or the owner for informing the public about any direction under this paragraph or its revocation.

(4)In this paragraph—

  • the relevant authority” has the meaning given by section 21;

  • owner”, in relation to any land which is subject to a farm business tenancy within the meaning of the M2Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 or a tenancy to which the M3Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 applies, means the tenant under that tenancy.

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I13Sch. 2 para. 7 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I14Sch. 2 para. 7 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

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Dedicated landE+W

8In relation to land to which a dedication under section 16 relates (whether or not it would be access land apart from the dedication), the provisions of this Schedule have effect subject to the terms of the dedication.E+W

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I15Sch. 2 para. 8 in force at 19.9.2004 for E. by S.I. 2004/2173, art. 2(1)(h)

I16Sch. 2 para. 8 in force at 28.5.2005 for W. by S.I. 2005/423, art. 2(g)

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