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Public Rights Of Way: Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways

For ease of reference, footpaths are for walking; bridleways for walking, horse riding and cycling; and restricted byways are for walking, cycling, horse riding and other non motorised vehicles. 

A map detailing the Rights of Way in Abbotts Ann 

(click on tile 08.18)

Problems with Rights of Way

It is Hampshire County Council's legal duty for recording, signing and maintaining public Rights of Way. 

Using Public Rights of Way 

Hampshire County Council has limited reserves, therefore clearance of five nominated Rights of Way are carried out in the Parish once a year.  Routine clearance is carried out by the Parish Council's Grounds Maintenance Contractor.

Problems found with any Rights of Way, should be reported to Hampshire County Council.  

View, report or track problems with Public Rights of Way

Landowner Responsibilities

Landowners, including those residential properties bordering Rights of Way, must refrain from obstructing rights of way.  They are responsible for keeping side growth back and any overhanging vegetation from encroaching onto paths.  Maintenance of stiles and gates is also the responsibility of the landowner, but Hampshire County Council will check that they are safe and easy to use.  There is no obligation on a landowner to make allowance for dogs that get through stiles. 

Landowners guide to public rights of way 

Salisbury Road Permissive Path

Members of the public are allowed to use the permissive path which runs from opposite the Garden Centre to the A303 road bridge, along the edge of the field.  Walkers are not permitted to use the field as a circular route. (See plan of the permitted route below).

Plan of permissive path alongside Salisbury Road Plan of permissive path alongside Salisbury Road