Registering Rights of Way — Restoring the Record

About this time every year I get a reminder from the Rights of Way: Restoring the Record campaign and it something that all of us in England and Wales should give a little thought to.

Currently all rights of way in England and Wales are under review but this is a very gently, almost silent, review. All footpaths and bridle paths that re rights of way have to be recorded by the end of 2025. All of those rights of way that are not recorded will simply be extinguished.

It is your local authority that registers Rights of Way, County Councils and Metropolitan single tier councils. And remember that many Metropolitan Boroughs, for example Leeds, have a great deal of rural land within their boundaries.  When this new registration and recording system started some time ago I found most local authorities to be taking this seriously but it is possible with the ongoing cuts in municipal budgets that this has fallen down the list of priorities. And, of course, local authorities may also be assuming that all of those rights of way that are regular used may already have ben registered.

If you are unsure about local rights of way go and check our the website of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management (IPROW). IPROW’s sites contains a number of important FAQ’s and the organisation provides training courses for volunteers who want to know more about protecting rights of way (again details are on their website). The FQ explains the difference between various pubic rights of way and also tells you how you can get involved.

Rights of Way: Restoring the Record is also a book which is aimed at supporting those mounting local campaigns — details here.

And finally, rights of way are not just important for rural areas, they exist in cities as well!  Your continued access to publicly used land, through new residential developments and so on may well depend on an ancient right of way.

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