Essex Area Ramblers

At the heart of walking in Essex

Area Footpath Secretary Matters

Basics of rights of way law


Below are some frequently-asked questions about rights of way law in England and Wales, with some notes about Scotland where the legal situation is different.

More detailed information can be found in Rights of Way: A guide to Law and Practice (otherwise known as 'The Blue Book'), the definitive guide to rights of way law in England and Wales.


Essex County Council Rights of Way Inspectors





The geographic "patches" covered by the various ECC PRoW Inspectors (Dec 16)


 Parish Inspectors list



Nettles, Thistles and Trespass


Can you deviate over an electric fence into the adjacent pasture (no crops, no livestock) to avoid a stretch of nettles. The farmer was not amused and accused them of trespass and demanded an apology. The attached file gives the background.

It is likely to happen more often as paths are now only cut once per year and only about one-third of the ECC path network is cut at all. We have RA maintenance work groups and are endeavouring to set up more - however ramblers’ members are getting older.

Read more: Nettles, Thistles and Trespass

Paths Orders referred to the Secretary of State


Path Orders in Essex that have been referred to the Planning Inspectorate (an arm of the Secretary of State) for determination.  Orders are referred if there are outstanding objections from anybody, not necessarily the Ramblers Association.  If an objection is made or likely to be made on behalf of the Ramblers Association in Essex Area, then the decision to object has to be brought to Committee - usually the Ramblers Essex Area Footpath and Walking Environment Committee - for ratification.

Read more: Paths Orders referred to the Secretary of State

Friday, January 19, 2018