Public Rights of Way
in England and Wales

Public Rights of Way: definitionsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet
Definitive MapsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet: a comprehensive guide to definitive maps, including guidance on how to establish or change rights of way and other legal procedures.Walking on the Isle of Wight
The Right to RoamPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet: a new statutory right of access - our analysis of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
Ploughing, cropping and the minimum widthPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet.
IntimidationPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet: bulls in fields, nasty fences, signs, etc - all the tricks unscrupulous landowners might get up to.
Discovering Lost WaysPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet: the cut-off date for registering new rights of way under the CRoW Act 2000.
Public Record Office Finding Aids: Rights Of Way: A very useful guide to finding out about the status of rights of way now and in the past.
How wide is a public path? Article by Chris Beney.
Walking Routes: a directory of loads of walking routes throughout the UK.
Public Rights of Way in Devon: more about Devon - the County Council rights of way page.
Bushey And District Footpaths Association: "Centred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, but taking a wide view". Good pages about law, and the advantages of kissing gates over stiles and gates.
go4awalk.com: a site all about walking and hiking in the UK.
Ramblers' Association Fact Sheet No 14: Footpath Erosion: a useful guide to the problem of visitor pressure on footpaths and tracks, and some possible solutions.
The Trail Riders Fellowship: which says 'For the benefit of all those who are not familiar with the activities of TRF members, trail riding could be described as "pony trekking on motorcycles'. It's an interesting site worth exploring.
Should you buy a property with a footpath running though it?
Walking the way to health: a great website all about the campaign to get people to walk for the benefit of their health.
DEFRA - Conservation Walks Register: not statutory ROWs but you may be surprised to find some permissive access routesPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet in your area which are not on the map - the secrets are revealed here.Reading interpretation
The Institute of Public Rights of Way Officers (IPROW).
Rights of Way in Scotland: ScotWays the Scottish Rights of Way Society 0131 652 2937.
Rights of Way in Scotland: The Scottish Countryside Access Network.
National Trails: a good resource about national walking routes.
The South West Coast Path Association
Rights of Way in the USA: it seems as though this refers to what we in the UK we call wayleaves or private rights of way - legal agreements between private parties, and not anything to do with Public Rights of Way.
Ramblers Association: publications for sale and for free includes some good stuff for the price of a stamp, and on-line fact sheets.
Insight to Access and Rights of Way: an odd name for a site which is nevertheless campaigning for bridleway access, with lots of horse-related stuff on it too. Mainly concerned with the Pennines at present.
The Path-or-Nones: a footpath maintenance group with a wonderful name from the Worcestershire parish of Martley.
Rights of Way Law Review: is an authoritative commentary on the English law of rights of way. Its target audience is professional and academic. This website includes the full list of contents and notes of all articles published to date. Tempted? Annual subscription for 2005: £308. Thought not.
Tyne Valley Walking: a website for walkers in the Tyne Valley in south Northumberland. The site contains suggestions for walks from all the Tyne Valley towns with full route descriptions, which are free to download.

The information in this section includes sections based on "Out in the Country, where you can go and what you can do" Countryside Commission (now Natural EnglandPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet) 1988 CCP186. This booklet is free if you can still get hold of it and is highly recommended.