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19 January 2024

Public Rights of Way

Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2164 miles (3482 km) of public rights of way, which exist both in the in the countryside and urban areas. SCC highlight they are important for recreation, for travelling to work or school and for health and wellbeing.

Every council that is responsible for public rights of way must have a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP). This plan sets out how public rights of way meet the needs of the public, now and in the future. As the SCC plan dates from 2014 it needs a review.

Our current Rights of Way Improvement Plan dates from 2014 and needs to be reviewed.

SCC are due to publish a Local Walking Infrastructure Plan for the Guildford Area - see link at foot of this post.

Your Views required

SCC are now seeking views from the public, asking for your experience of using rights of way and how important they are for you.

Your feedback will help to develop the priorities and actions of the new Rights of Way Improvement Plan, which will be produced in 2024. Once the new Rights of Way Improvement Plan has been finalised and approved by the council it will be published on Surrey County Council’s website.

If you don’t use public rights of way, we’d like to know what prevents you and what, if anything, we can do to support you in using them.

What is a Right of Way.

A public right of way is a path that, provided you are the correct type of user, you have the right to use by law. There are four types:

  • Footpaths for walking, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Bridleways for walking, horse riding, cycling, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Restricted byways for walking, horse riding, cycling, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs and horse-drawn carriages
  • Byways for all modes including motorised vehicles

The Survey

To complete the Survey go the SCC Website

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