Common land is land owned by a person or organization over which other people, commoners, have legal rights; mostly to graze livestock.
Commons are areas that have not been enclosed and have been used communally since time immemorial.
Shared common land where hefted flocks graze without physical boundaries are a key part of upland farming in the Lake District, recognized by UNESCO as a crucial element in the ‘Cultural Landscape’ that makes the Lake District a World Heritage Site.
28% of the Lake District National Park is common land.
Cumbria has 630 registered commons.
Common land is the workplace of many hill farmers, looking after their livestock and producing naturally reared ‘free range’ products.
Common land in the Lake District;
When visiting common land please always keep your dog under close control, and bag and take home any waste. Animals may be grazing on commons year round, and this may not be immediately obvious when you arrive.