Commons include some of our most important and diverse landscapes. There are 7,000 commons of England covering nearly 400,000 ha. They are found everywhere from the highest mountains to the heart of towns and cities. No-one is ever far from a common.

Most common land by area is associated with the uplands of northern and western England, and 37% of land above the moorland line is common. Conversely, most commons by number (22% of the total) are found in south-eastern England, near and within large centres of population.

Eighty eight per cent common land is nationally or internationally designated for environmental reasons, and virtually all provides a statutory right of access on foot.

The information in this section provides an introduction to common land. Please click on the links to the right find out more about: