Frequently Asked Questions
What are Permissive routes?
These are not public rights of way but routes which can be used by
the public with the permission of the landowner.
Can I stop for a picnic or to photograph the
view when I am on a public footpath?
You can stop for a while to admire the view or take the photograph.
Providing that you do not cause an obstruction you may stop for a
rest, eat a simple picnic or make a sketch.
Are public rights of way closed at
No, a public right of way, like any other highway, is available for
the public to use at any time of day or night and on every day of
Can I ride a horse, or a bike on a
No, not without the prior consent of the landowner, otherwise you
would be committing trespass against the landowner, or occupier
Can I take a pram, pushchair or wheelchair on
a right of way?
Yes, if it is practicable as they are considered a ‘usual
accompaniment’ of a person on foot.
Can I take a dog on a public right of
Yes you can, but the dog must not run off the definitive line of
the path, and it must be kept under close control.
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This page was last reviewed 7 August 2013 at 9:22.
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