Anyone glancing at Ordnance Survey maps
of the Lake District will see that there are many plots of land shaded in pale yellow, indicating their status as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
However, a closer look shows that many other areas, while not affording such unlimited 'right to roam', are criss-crossed with dotted green lines, testament to the large number of public rights of way that have long existed.
For those who like to go walking
in the national park, there are some other paths they may enjoy that are permissive tracks and the latest news on these is that some of the routes through National Trust Land are now being turned into permanent rights of way.
The Lake District National Park Authority and the Trust have agreed that 11 paths will gain this status, totalling 6.3 miles in length. Three other paths will become bridleways totalling 3.12 miles and two other new bridleways will be created, with a combined length of 0.48 miles. The new paths will be marked on Ordnance Survey maps
in the future.
It is not just the National Trust that has agreed to these new paths, with three of the paths running through other private land - such as the Rydal Estates through Carter Jonas and some privately owned land in Borrowdale.
Countryside access adviser at the national park Nick Thorne commented: "This particular exercise has shown that, by taking a flexible approach - regarding the right to make use of permissive paths - both landowners and the public can determine whether a route works for all parties concerned before it becomes dedicated.
"We hope locals and visitors to the Lake District will enjoy making use of these new rights of way".
It is not just the Lake District where new paths have been established. The Yorkshire Dales has just seen the opening of a new alternative route between Pen-y-ghent and Ribblehead, which avoids the badly eroded Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss areas.
Area ranger for the Three Peaks Steve Hastie said the feedback from people who have used the new route has been "very positive".