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About footpaths


Almost a quarter of public footpaths are obstructed. In some cases, they are being deliberately, and illegally, blocked by landowners. In most cases, it is simply neglect. We campaign to keep paths open and properly maintained. The Ramblers Association campaigns to open up all public rights of way in England and Wales and to ensure that the existing rights of way network is protected as part of our national heritage, and is available for everyone to use.

Responsibility for the rights of way network in England and Wales lies with the relevant highway authority - County Council, Unitary Authority, Metropolitan Borough, London Borough, or National Park Authority (by agreement). The Ramblers Association works with these authorities and also ensures that they fulfil their rights of way duties and defend the rights of the public.

For more detailed information about all types of footpaths and how they can be accessed, see the the What We Do and Go Walking menus of the Ramblers web site

Reporting Footpath Problems

If you want to report a path problem that you encountered while walking, either fill in the form on this site for local problems, or fill in the form on the Ramblers Association site for problems elsewhere. Please give as much information as possible (the date you encountered the problem and a six-figure grid reference are very useful as is the location of the start and end of the path).

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