Orienteering and the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 - key facts

We have reviewed earlier information about access for orienteering, under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.  Key guidance for orienteers and event organisers is given.

26th Jan 12

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In general terms the following apply –

If you as an individual want to go for a training run, you can do this as long as you act responsibly within the principles and guidance of the Code. There is no need to register this with BOF for insurance purposes. The definition of ‘responsible’ will depend on the location, time of year, etc. In some cases you might be required to consult your club access officer for advice. (Also be aware of embargoes on some areas for events!). See Section 3.57 of the Code.

If you and some club members want to go for an informal training run, and you do not put out any markers or other facilities, then again you can do so as long as you act responsibly within the principles and guidance of the Code. Again there is no need to register this with BOF. The definition of ‘responsible’ will depend on the location, time of year, etc. In some cases you might be required to consult your club access officer for advice. (Also be aware of embargoes on some areas for events!). See Section 3.60 of the Code.

If your club organises an event or activity of any kind which appears in any club or other fixture list, including evening training events, coaching sessions, Come and Try It’s, etc, which involve a certain amount of organisation, eg car parking, markers put out, timing, etc, then you must ensure that you have the land owner’s permission and that the activity is registered with BOF for insurance purposes. The participants will require to act responsibly in accordance with the principles and guidance of the Code and any other requirements requested by the event officials and land owner specific to the area being used. See Section 3.60 of the Code.

Any event which appears in the club, SOA and BOF Fixtures Lists will require to have the land owner’s permission and to be registered with BOF for insurance purposes. The participants will require to act responsibly in accordance with the principles and guidance of the Code and any other requirements requested by the event officials and land owner specific to the area being used. See Section 3.60 of the Code.

For details of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code see their website.

A new agreement with the Forestry Commission Scotland still has to be reached and clubs should continue to deal on a local basis with their existing contacts under the previous scheme. 

All clubs should ensure that the correct wording regarding access is placed on all maps printed by them, namely:

Access to the land shown on this map is covered by the principles set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. For further information see:
http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

Additional links relating to access are available on the SOA's Access Links pages.

Further detail of the legislation is available on the National Archives website.

 

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by Colin Matheson