Footpaths (Rights of Way)

Public rights of way are paths that allow the public to pass and re-pass over private land. Whilst the public has the right to use these ways unhindered, they also have the responsibility to respect the countryside and landowners' interests.

The record of public rights of way, known as The Definitive Map Statement, is maintained and updated by the County Council. Copies are sent to all local authorities, including Parish Councils and are available for public viewing. Pavements, towpaths and most housing access paths are not usually recorded as public rights of way.