This chapter describes basic principles and methods of directing and limiting public access on sand dunes. Further details and techniques are given in other handbooks in this series: ‘Footpaths’ (Agate, 1983) and ‘Fencing’ (Agate, 1986). The information sheets produced by the Countryside Commission for Scotland include one on beach recreation management (CCS, 1984), with others covering designs for boardwalks, car barriers and other items.
Access management is needed initially to prevent or reduce erosion of dunes, and to protect dune stabilisation works. Secondary work may include the creation of educational and recreational features such as nature trails, view points and pony tracks, as alternatives to free range use of the area.