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Footpaths and Bridleways

In England and Wales, the ‘Right of Way’ refers to paths on which the public has a legally protected right to pass and re-pass.  A ‘definitive map’ of all public rights of way has been complied for all of England and Wales as a result of the Countryside and Rights of Way act 2000.

Here is a link to Shropshire Council’s Definitive Map showing Rights of Way across Shropshire (zoom in to view any area):

Shropshire Council Definitive Map

There is a responsibility placed on the local authority and landowners to ensure that these Rights of Way are passable, but there is also a responsibility placed upon the public to use them sensibly and Shropshire Council’s Rights of Way Guide can be viewed here:

Shropshire Council's Rights of Way Guide

In brief, footpath and bridleway users:

  • must keep strictly to the line of the path and not loiter;
  • should walk a dog on a lead or keep under very close control (particularly when crossing land containing animals);
  • must clear up dog waste; and
  • can, if necessary, take a short, reasonable detour to get around any illegal obstruction.

Here is the most up-to-date version for Upton Magna:

Public Rights of Way in Upton Magna Public Rights of Way in Upton Magna