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Cornwall Countryside Access Strategy

Cornwall has an outstanding coastline and countryside of nationally and internationally renowned importance. Access to this resource is recognised as an essential part of the lives of the people who live here. It provides a cultural connection and an enormous sense of well-being, together with benefits to health and is a largely free, recreational resource. It is also recognised as one of Cornwall's most important tourism assets, which attracts visitors to the county, providing economic benefits through underpinning jobs and investment.

The Cornwall Countryside Access Strategy is a 10 year document that will be reviewed and updated and is the first strategic plan that Cornwall has had for the management and development of access to the coast and countryside.

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The document incorporates the statutory requirement for Cornwall Council to produce a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) but is broader in scope than the statutory requirement and includes all aspects of countryside access in Cornwall. Cornwall is a distinctive county, and the strategy considers the effect of wider environmental and heritage agendas on countryside and coastal access.

The process leading to the production of the strategy involved a wide ranging consultation on a draft strategy and the final document was supported by the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF)  who advise the Council on matters relating to countryside access.

An Initial Network Assessment  (revised November 2005) provided a baseline for the strategy consultation and the results of these consultations were made available in Consultation Reports.