Our club’s Footpath Officer works closely with councils to flag up issues which impact on Public Rights of Way (PROW) and the right to walk.

Examples of Infringements

  • Broken or rotten stiles which in some cases can be dangerous.
  • Lack of waymarks and fingerposts.
  • Overgrown vegetation.
  • Footpaths on the edge of a field must not be ploughed, but they can be ploughed if they cross fields. However, a minimum width of 1 metre must be made available within 14 days of ploughing.
  • Misleading signs cannot be put up to prevent or discourage people from using a public right of way.
  • It is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 to put up electric fences or exposed barbed wire that prevents or obstructs a public right of way.
  • Harassing, intimidating (eg by placing an aggressive dog on public right of way) or preventing members of the public from using a public right of way.

Please provide the following to Club’s Footpath Officer

  • Brief description of problem
  • Photo of problem – useful but not essential
  • Grid Reference. Preferably ten figure GPS measurement.
  • If providing six figure measurement as these are less accurate, please mark OS map with a cross in pencil highlighting the obstruction, take a photo and forward to FP Officer. If photo cannot be taken please provide an accurate description of the location.

Do’s and Don’ts

    • Do not disturb or harm any wildlife found on a public right of way.
    • Do not drop or leave litter on a public right of way.
    • You should not trespass on land that neighbours the right of way.
    • Do follow the Countryside Code.

Anything Else?

Confirmation that a PROW exists? PROW are continually being amended and changed. OS on-line mapping is as up-to-date as you can get without referring to the Definitive Map and relatively inexpensive too. If in doubt about a PROW, please contact our Footpath Officer.

Paths in regular use over 20 years or more and not designated as PROW? Contact our Footpath Officer.

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