Rights of Way

Our club’s Rights of Way 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 the Club’s Rights of Way Officer

  • Brief description of problem
  • Photo of problem – useful but not essential
  • Grid Reference. Preferably ten figure GPS measurement.
  • If you are providing a six figure measurement, as these are less accurate, please mark an OS map with a cross highlighting the obstruction, take a photo and forward it to the Rights of Way Officer. If a 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 Rights of Way Officer.

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

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