Category: public rights of way

Access to Nature

The mental health benefits of immersing ourselves in our natural environment via green spaces and the countryside are becoming increasingly understood by health care professionals giving us green prescriptions as well as the average person. These natural environments have a huge benefit to our psychological and emotional wellbeing, this has been highlighted throughout the last…

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National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month, it’s your chance to get active and enjoy a walk whether it’s some strolls in the park or tackling new terrain you can enjoy the month however you like. National Walking Month is the perfect time to revisit your favourite walks or to explore places you’ve never discovered before. So…

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Traffic Regulation Orders

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal documents that restrict or prohibit the use of the highway network, in line with The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Local Authorities must exercise their traffic regulation powers to secure the safe passage of all traffic on Public Rights of Way, including walkers, horse riders, cyclists and motor and…

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Gaps, Gates and Stiles

Gaps, gates and stiles are something that come up in my line of work week in week out, they’re also one of the most common topics of questions I receive on social media so here’s a lowdown of how these structures work on Public Rights of Way in England. Gaps are preferred, then gates, then…

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Time is Ticking

Exactly 5 years from today, unrecorded rights of way that existed before 1949 will be extinguished. Time is ticking for us to get these unrecorded or under recorded routes correctly recorded on the definitive map. When we talk about these Lost Ways they aren’t all lost, many of these ways are in current use but…

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Access for All

Inclusion for all shouldn’t be exceptional it should be the norm! Now we all know that the outdoors can’t be accessible in all places for everyone, but there could be a lot more done to improve access in the countryside. Accessibility has a broad meaning as everyone has different abilities, one person’s visit to a…

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Private, permissive, public?

How do you tell if a route is public, private or permissive? Are there signs? Are there barriers to stop you where you shouldn’t go? As we head into Lockdown 2.0 we should be making the most of getting outside and exploring our local routes again for our mental and physical well being. As we…

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