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What can I do about a rock climbing ban?

Access to climbing areas is an ongoing issue in many climbing areas. In the United States for example, it is claimed that 1 in 5 climbing areas is threatened by an access issue. There are many funds, ...
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How should I traverse fields with horses in?

Often in British countryside you'll find fields with horses in (and cows and much of this is applicable to bovine) where it is unavoidable or rather difficult to go a different way and the are a few ...
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How should I traverse fields with horses in?

I don't know how this is in other countries, but here in Austria you usually don't cross a fenced area but rather walk around it. As a horse owner myself I also wouldn't want any stranger wandering ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

It is generally illegal in Denmark. You may sleep on all beaches, but you are not allowed to pitch a tent on beaches. In some state-forrests you may camp where you like. More than 1.000 primitive ...
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Where can I take a dip?

Here is a good summary of the legal position of swimming in the UK www.river-swimming.co.uk/legal.htm I think the opening line is most interesting "The right to swim is a complex issue which, in ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Some extra info about France. In general, wild camping is forbidden in France, except when stated otherwise. As any other country, France has a number of regional and national natural parks, where "...
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Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?

The answer is usually no, but there may be some restrictions depending on exactly where you're going. Most logging roads are on crown land. The use of forest roads is managed through road abandonment,...
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How should I traverse fields with horses in?

Here in the US, "horses in a field" would imply the field is fenced. That means you should stay out. There is one exception, which is if you know the land is public property and it's OK to walk on ...
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What can I do about a rock climbing ban?

I think that it is easier to keep access, than to get it back, so I will start with that. Always follow Leave No Trace and make certain that your activities do not create any eyesores. Volunteer to ...
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Where can I take a dip?

As a supplement to Martin Hugi's excellent answer I would add that there will likely be groups of people locally with an interest in outdoor swimming, and they will know all the best spots. In my ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Additional for Greece: I'm a wild camper for many years in Greece. I have never any issue with locals or police.. Ok, I am careful in general but I guess also lucky. :) Yes, it is illegal and you ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

There's quite a good guide I've found on wild camping in the UK here: Wild Camping. In general, there's more acceptance than you'd expect from simply reading the laws, if you show respect. In ...
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Where in the world are train-track right of ways, also public right of ways?

I was searching in relation to this question and found the following which I thought was interesting. It seems to be common to walk along these tracks, but I don't know what the legality of it is. ...
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Prohibited to walk through/over historical significant areas?

Great question. In the UK a lot of historical sites are not only accessible but encouraged to explore! You can hike around and in many hill forts, for example, many of which are on National Trust ...
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Prohibited to walk through/over historical significant areas?

Here in the US, it depends on whether it's just a historical site, or if there are artifacts. Disturbing or defacing historical or archeological artifacts on public lands is a felony, and is taken ...
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Where in the world are train-track right of ways, also public right of ways?

I'll answer about India, and Indian Railways. While in India, you can't call it legally approved to be okay to walk on railway tracks. I'd say the way things are taken is depending upon where you are....
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How to avoid trespassing in the United States?

In most states of the US, if there isn't a sign telling you to keep out, or a physical barrier like a fence, you are OK to go there, assuming you were legal where you started from. Of course not all ...
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Cycling in Ontario — do I need to worry about permission to access logging roads?

I can't answer for Ontario or that route specifically, but only give you a general idea how private property and trespassing works in the US and Canada. You are right in that we don't have ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

In Greece wild camping is illegal in general. The more famous/well known is the place where you camp, the more probable is to have a visit from the police. Checks more often take place during summer ...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

I've wild camped in Italy around Lake Como, Sardinia, Norway, all over the UK and all over France including bang outside Nice airport in the central reservation of the dual carriageway. Never had one ...
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Official Protocols to be followed in England for trekking/hiking

In addition to the good advice already offered in other answers: The national parks have websites offering you advice on safety - e.g. for Snowdonia, Dartmoor. Military 'live firing ranges' exist in ...
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How to avoid trespassing in the United States?

In order to avoid trespassing, you should know positively where you are. The easiest way to do this is with a high quality GPS with a public lands map package such as those offered by OnX Hunting ...
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OFSC (snowmobile) trails in summer, are there restrictions/rules regarding non-motorized summer access?

There are no solid rules. I'm self answering after 2 years, as I've now spent a fair amount of time in the area with these trails and learned more about how they operate. These trails run over a mix ...
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How to avoid trespassing in the United States?

I am very partial to GaiaGps on my phone. They offer a public land layer that gives you a color coded overlay of various land ownership types. It has been very helpful. https://blog.gaiagps.com/...
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Where in Europe is wild camping permitted?

Croatia: Generally, it's prohibited anywhere to camp (strictly prohibited in national parks). Not even if landowner gives you a permission. Camping is allowed only in camps that have permission for ...
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Kayaking in the UK

Regarding Q2, a sea kayak might be a little too big and expensive for your needs, as beginners. A recreational kayak -- a bit of a cross between a sea kayak and a whitewater kayak -- is more general-...
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Kayaking in the UK

For question 3; as a minimum I would carry an epoxy stick, which is a clay/putty like substance which cures very quickly and can be used to fix minor cracks and holes that can be caused by dropping ...
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