HL Deb 15 March 2004 vol 659 cc20-1WA
Lord Astor of Hever

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What right to roam exists for members of the public on military training land at Bovington [HL1638]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

The new right of access will apply to all MoD land which has been mapped as open country or registered common land by the Countryside Agency and the Countryside Council for Wales, except where the use of such land is regulated by the byelaws under Section 14 of the Military Lands Act 1982 or Section 2 of the Military Lands Act 1900. Bovington and Lulworth ranges are both subject to byelaws for reasons of public safety and security.

Bovington has 6.1 kilometres of public rights of way and 2.6 kilometres of well marked permissive paths. The MoD has developed a network of 24 kilometres of permissive paths, including 4 kilometres designed and maintained for disabled access at Lulworth. These paths provide a link within the Dorset coast path and a route into the world heritage coast.