Devon Countryside Access Forum (DCAF)

DCAF is a statutory body set up by the County Council under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

The Forum Officer – Hilary Winter – is part of the public rights of way team.

The role of the Forum is to improve public access to land for the purposes of open-air recreation and enjoyment. The Devon countryside is famous for its varied and beautiful landscape and the Forum helps to ensure that opportunities for access and exploration are fully considered.

The Forum is a voluntary body with fifteen members, appointed following advertising, to represent land managers and owners, users of land and those with other interests. The Forum is independent and advises the local authority and other bodies on access issues and considers wider strategic issues such as the Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend Forum meetings and any questions for consideration by the Forum may be submitted at least three days before a meeting. Public participation at the meeting is at the discretion of the Chair.

Visit the webpage to view agendas and minutes of the Forum, find out about members, membership and explore links to other relevant sites.