Right of public access

allemansratten-boras-cykelrundan-sjuharadYou are using the right of public access when you are taking a walk, paddling a canoe or just sitting on a rock, thinking.

The right of public access is a unique opportunity to move freely out in nature. The right also includes the obligation to take care and show consideration – both to the nature and flora and fauna, to the landowners and to other people out in the country.
In other words, do not disturb – do not damage

You can go anywhere on foot, on your bike, skates or skis – as long as there is no risk of harming crops, forestry plantations or other sensitive ground. You must respect people’s private life and you must not cross or stop on private ground.

When you cross grazing land, you must be careful to close any gates behind you. Respect the animal and bird life. And take your rubbish home with you! Remember that the right to public access is limited in national parks and nature reserves. As a visitor in nature, it is your responsibility to know what applies in the area you are visiting.

Cycling and riding

You can cycle and ride nearly everywhere, as long as you do not cause any damage. Paths, soft and sensitive ground can, however, easily be damaged by the pressure of horses’ hooves and bike tyres. If you are on forestry roads, keep to the centre of the road.allemansratten-cykla-sjuharadsrundan-boras Avoid cycling on the trails if it is soft, because that wears out the paths. Always show consideration to others using hiking trails.

Bathing

You can bath virtually everywhere, except on private ground.

Fires

If you fire up a barbecue, check carefully that there is no fire risk and ensure that you have water with which to extinguish it.

Camping

You can camp out for the occasional night in the country under the right to public access. If a large group is camping with a lot of tents, you must ask the landowner’s permission. Ensure that you do not disturb the landowner or harm nature. Pick ground that will not be harmed, not grazing or cultivated fields or plantations. The campsite must not be close to homes.

Motor vehicles in the countryside

The Swedish Countryside Driving Act prohibits driving on open ground in the countryside with motorised vehicles. This prohibition is meant to protect nature. The prohibition also includes the landowner, except when carrying out work on the land or in the forests. This means that you may not ride a moped, motorcycle, quad bike or any other motorised vehicle out in the countryside or on hiking trails. Do you want to read more about the right to public access? You can read more here.

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