If you own or occupy land with public rights of way (PROW) you have an obligation to keep routes open and accessible and clearly visible at all times of the year.  PROW include footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic (BOATs).


In practice this may mean:


  • clearing hedgerow or vegetation growth over a PROW and making sure routes are not blocked by locked gates, barbed wire or fencing (including temporary fencing)
  • maintaining stiles and gates in a safe and useable condition.  In the event a structure needs to be replaced, speak to your local council who may contribute towards the cost.
  • making good the surface of cross-field PROW within 14 days of it being disturbed.  The minimum width of cross-field footpaths is 1m and 2m for bridleways.


These obligations are set out under GAEC 7b of the cross compliance rules.  Breach of these rules may result in a penalty being applied to your BPS payment.  For further information please contact one of the team at WebbPaton on 01793 842055.