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Mark rights of way, councils urged

Posted 17 December 2009
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Mark rights of way, councils urged
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Local authorities across England and Wales have been urged to fulfil their obligations to mark all rights of way on maps.

The Ramblers and the Open Spaces Society have used the 60th anniversary of the passing into law of the Countryside Act to urge councils to abide by the rules.

While the 1949 Act is most famous for designating areas to be turned into national parks, a further provision stipulated that local authorities should create definitive maps of their area with public rights of way marked on it.

However, some have not done so, meaning those who wish to go walking in some areas will be unaware of the existence of some rights of way.

The guilty boroughs include all the inner London authorities (who only have a discretion, rather than a legal requirement, to do this) and six other largely urban councils.

One of these is the city and county of Swansea, an area that includes the Gower Peninsula.

This area of coastline was designated Britain's first area of outstanding natural beauty in 1956.

Those keen to find the paths that are marked when walking may wish to pick up Ordnance Survey Maps from Go Outdoors stores.

Posted by Brandon Egley