Essex Area Ramblers

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Public Right of Way signs - What do they mean?

Below is a guide to assist walkers unfamiliar with the meaning of different waymark signs, most frequently seen in the Essex Rambers area.

Strictly speaking, a right of way is not the path itself but your legal right to cross land along a certain route: in some cases a right exists although no path is visible.

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What are Permissive Paths


 A permissive path, permitted path, permitted bridleway or concessionary path is not a public right of way. It is a path clearly signed as a permissive that a landowner allows the public to use. This may be for walkers, riders, cyclists, or any combination. However there is no statutory right of access. Importantly, the landowner can impose conditions on use e.g. no dogs.


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 What is Access Land & Countryside

 Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), the public can walk freely on mapped areas of mountain, moor, heath, downland and registered common land without having to stick to paths.

People across England now have approximately 865,000 hectares of land across which they can walk, ramble, run, explore, climb and watch wildlife as they are given the freedom to access land without having to stay on paths.

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Friday, January 19, 2018