The law relating to public rights of way tends to be confusing as it is spread over many Acts of Parliament.

This guide is a basic introduction to the legislation that applies to Public Rights of Way over land and is intended for residents, clerks and councillors.


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What are Public Rights of Way?

The Legal background

Where Public Rights of Way may exist

Knowing where it is legal to roam

Different types of Right of Way

Maintaining Public Rights of Way

Courtesy when using Public Rights of Way


This guide is indicative and not definitive and as such is not intended to be a comprehensive legal guide or a list of legal requirements.

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