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Rights of Way report proposes saving lost paths

Posted 25 March 2010
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Rights of Way report proposes saving lost paths
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A new report has suggested measures to ensure that public rights of way not marked on official maps do not get lost.

Natural England's Rights of Way - A Big Step Forward report is the result of the deliberations of a panel of 15 stakeholders established in 2008 to devise a blueprint for the restoration of pre-1949 rights of way.

It states that its new document will offer ways of streamlining and simplifying the process of getting such routes back into use and offer local authorities more leeway to find solutions where old rights of way may clash with modern land use.

The blueprint also proposes a cut-off date of 2026 for the restoration of the paths.

Such a plan may help those wishing to go walking in new places to find restored routes that they were not able to access previously.

The Ramblers has hailed the document, with campaigner Adrian Morris remarking: "The Stepping Forwards measures are key to protecting much of our unique - but beleaguered - public rights of way network from extinction."

Posted by Elaine Arthur