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The Devon Countryside Access Forum is a statutory local access forum under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.  It has seventeen members who advise on the “improvement of public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area”.  The Forum gives independent advice to a number of Government bodies in addition to Devon County Council, district and borough councils and parish and town councils.

Devon County Council is currently appointing members to the Forum and would like to receive applications from anyone with an interest in recreational access. 

In this round of appointments applications from keen walkers would be particularly welcome as the Forum is looking at coastal access (the England Coast Path) on stretches between Kingswear and Cremyll and Combe Martin and Marsland Mouth.  All applications will be considered and we would love to hear from landowners and managers, access users and people with other relevant professional interests such as planning, education, sport, sustainable transport and business, or people who could represent groups currently under-represented such as young people or ethnic minority groups.  Although membership is voluntary, a generous mileage rate is paid.

Why don’t you consider applying to join the Forum?  It’s an interesting opportunity and you can:-

  • contribute to the debate- share your experience and expertise from your specific field;
  • meet and work with others- listen to and share ideas on solving access problems;
  • help make a difference- influence local and UK policy affecting access;
  • be informed- receive regular local and national access information updates.

For details and an application form please see www.devon.gov.uk/dcaf   The closing date is Friday, 9th February 2018.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hilary Winter
Forum Officer
Devon Countryside Access Forum
Lucombe House
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter EX2 4QD

Tel: 01392 382084
Tel:  (mobile) 07837 171000


I work part-time, usually on Monday morning, Tuesday morning and Thursday mornings. Times may vary.