A Right of Way is not, strictly speaking, a path but is a right possessed by the public to pass along linear routes over land at all times. Although the land may be owned by a private individual, the public may still gain access across that land along a specific route. Rights of Way have 4 different classifications according to who has the right to use them.
Footpath: a right of way on foot only;
Bridleway: a right of way on foot, horseback and leading a horse, with the right for
bicyclists providing they give way to other users. There may or may not be a right to drive stock along the bridleway;
Byway open to all traffic: rights of way that are used for the purposes that footpaths and bridleways are used, but on which there is a right of way for all traffic, including mechanically propelled vehicles that are road legal;
Restricted Byway: a new category created by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to replace Roads Used as Public Paths (RUPPs), allowing access for all traffic except mechanically propelled vehicles (typically trail bikes and 4x4s).
Please note: there is no "Access Land" (as defined by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000) over which there would otherwise be a 'right to roam', in this parish. Therefore, please remain on defined rights of way when crossing private land, including farmland, and refer to maps or websites for directions.
You can report a problem with a Right of Way, such as fallen trees, or dangerous conditions to Wiltshire Council on their website - click here for an online service. For informal advice or support you may contact us.
The Parish Council acts as a local custodian of rights of way, particulary footpaths. A Footpaths Working Group will keep the Council briefed on local conditions, and report problems encountered to the Rights of Way Officer at Wiltshire Council. Voluntary effort is sought from time to time to tidy up paths and vegetation, supported by a small budget for materials - keep an eye on THE HUB page for announcements on the next working party, or contact us.
The owners of land or property adjacent to rights of way, or land over which those rights exist, are asked to maintain hedgerows and other vegetation in such a way as to permit passage along paths and bridleways. The Parish Council does monitor conditions and will contact responsible persons if found necessary, seeking support from Wiltshire Council on those rare occasions where further action is required.
An inventory of all our rights of way is listed below:
You can download below a leaflet that explains what you need to know about Rights of Way in this parish, how they are maintained, and what you can do to protect and enhance them - whether you are a landowner or tenant, or a user. If you would like this download in any other format please contact us here. This leaflet is delivered free to every household in the parish.
PROBLEMS FREQUENTLY OCCUR WITH INAPPROPRIATE USE OF RIGHTS OF WAY - PLEASE RESPECT THE COUNTRYSIDE AND ALLOW ALL USERS THEIR RIGHT TO SAFE AND ENJOYABLE PASSAGE:
Dog owners - please keep your animals under control, and keep a bag handy for the inevitable!
Horse riders- please keep to the bridleways and byways, and not use footpaths;
4x4 drivers and motorbikers - please keep to the correct type of byway, and expect to come across horseriders and walkers.