WALKERS, cyclists and anybody interested in access to the North Yorkshire countryside is being invited to apply to a forum.

The North Yorkshire Local Access Forum brings together representatives from land managers, users and other relevant areas of interest to watch over and help to shape the future of footpaths, bridleways, byways, open access land and other green spaces within North Yorkshire, outside the boundaries of the two national parks.

It is an independent body that advises North Yorkshire County Council and other relevant bodies, on how people can make the most of opportunities to get out and about in the great outdoors.

Members have a chance to work with a broad range of people to ensure the countryside is open to all.

The forum is expected to develop a constructive and inclusive approach to the improvement of recreational access to the countryside

For further information and an application pack, visit northyorks.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is October 29.