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.
A white arrow, with or without additional identification is the recognised method adopted by statutory agencies for identifying such paths. However, land owner local agreements may simply have a printed notice e.g. yellow print on a blue back ground.
Some of the more firmly established permissive footpaths and bridleways are shown respectively as short/ long broken orange lines on 1:25,000 scale Ordnance Survey maps. However, many permissive paths are a result of local arrangements, for a set period only and do not appear on maps.
Many permissive paths are established as part of conservation projects by DEFRA [Natural England]. Details and maps of such projects are available at the website of DEFRA
A permissive path may be closed on a specified calendar day each year. These are precautions to prevent any possible future claim of continuous public access along the path which could result in it becoming designated as a statutory right of way.