Category: public rights of way

Can I cycle on Footpaths?

*** Disclaimer – this blog by no means encourages trespass *** Firstly we need to define a footpath, these are routes that are away from the carriage way not footways which are paths for pedestrians on the sides of roads. Cycling is legally permitted on less than a quarter of Rights of Way within England…

Read more Can I cycle on Footpaths?

Lockdown Activity Hero

Throughout August, Active Suffolk asked the public to nominate people within the local community who deserved recognition for their efforts in supporting, motivating and inspiring local people to be active during the coronavirus pandemic. They were overwhelmed with the response and received a wealth of heart warming stories from those across the county who have…

Read more Lockdown Activity Hero

Bird Nesting Season

How many of you know what bird nesting season is, when it is and what it means? Worry not this blog will give you all the details you need to know. The bird nesting season runs from the 1st March to the 31st July each year according to Natural England.It is understood that there may…

Read more Bird Nesting Season

Signs

Signs on public rights of way have been around since before recorded history, long before routes became ‘Public Rights of Way’. Signs first indicated the way to guide pilgrimages and the way up mountains with cairns. Routes used to take farm workers to estates and villagers to church, this is where many of our routes…

Read more Signs

Law and advice for dogs

While many of our four legged friends may not be aware of the law around dogs we as owners should be up to speed about where they are and aren’t allowed and how they should be ‘controlled’. The term ‘close control’ can be very controversial and very hard to enforce as this is very much…

Read more Law and advice for dogs

Common Issues

So here it is a whistle stop tour of common issues on public rights of way and how to resolve them. In many cases the way to report these issues is to report it to your Local Authority whether this is a County Council or Unitary Authority they generally have an online reporting to to…

Read more Common Issues

Doorstep Discoveries

Having to walk from the house and not being able to explore further a field has many of us finding all sorts of places within walking distance of our homes. Whilst I had been to Mickfield Meadow before from home and as part of other drive to walks I had never experienced the snake head…

Read more Doorstep Discoveries

COVID19 PRoW Closures?

With the current restrictions in place I’m certainly starting to feel the cabin fever setting in. I’ve been making the most of my local rights of way from the front door along with what feels the entire nation, routes that are usually deserted and I never meet a soul are now rammed with walkers from…

Read more COVID19 PRoW Closures?

End of an Era

This week marks the end of an era for me as a Public Rights of Way Officer for a Local Highway Authority. I began my job as a fresh graduate back in January 2018 and have learnt a great deal in the last 2 and a bit years, I have loved this role and will…

Read more End of an Era