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Information for landowners / occupiers

This section explains the responsibilities Farmers, Landowners and Land Managers have for the Public Rights of Way and informal access on their land and provides advice and answers to some commonly asked questions.

It is important that Landowners and the public are aware of where rights of way and permissive paths exist and show a mutual respect when using these paths. It is also important that Landowners and the public are aware of what type of paths and rights exist over landholdings such as footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways, byways or permissive paths.

The Highway Authority or Council has a duty to assert and protect the rights of the public to use and enjoy the Public Rights of Way Network and make sure the requirements of legislation are met by the landowner and the public.

Landowners / Occupiers ResponsibilitiesAn area of land in the countryside on a foggy day

Cross Compliance

Frequently reported problems

Activities on Rights of Way

Co-operation and enforcement

Advice for Landowners who have public access over their land

Advantages of improving managed access

Landowners Liability on rights of way