Just been reading up on the Dales Way and it states that it spans two National Parks, but it says that all the land is privately owned. How does one equate "National Park" with "Privately Owned"?
I also see stated that one must close all gates along the Dales Way path, regardless.
All land in the UK is owned by someone, either private individuals, estate owners, water authorities and the national trust to name a few.
National park status give the designated area special consideration in regards to developement, land management, protection, tourism etc.