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Public Rights of Way


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Conwy County Borough Council is responsible for approximately 1700km of public rights of way which are made up of:-

  • Footpaths – for use on foot only
  • Bridleways – for use riding or leading a horse, on a cycle and on foot.
  • Restricted Byway – for use with a non mechanically propelled vehicles such as horse and cart, riding or leading a horse, on a cycle and on foot.
  • Byway – for use by mechanically and non mechanically propelled vehicles, riding or leading a horse, on a cycle and on foot. Dogs and pushchairs are considered usual accompaniments, dogs must be kept on a lead or must be kept under close control and not stray away from the paths.

The county is covered by 4 OS explorer maps which give an indication of the rights of way.

  • OL17 Snowdon/Conwy Valley
  • OL18 Harlech/Porthmadog & Bala
  • 255 Llangollen & Berwyn
  • 264 Vale of Clwyd

For an accurate record of the public rights of way please contact us to arrange to view the Definitive Map and Statement at our Mochdre Offices.

Definitive Map & Statement

The Definitive Map and Statement is the legal record of the public rights of way network and can only be amended by a legal order. Public Path Orders are made to create, divert or extinguish a public right of way under the Highways Act 1980 or the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.

Definitive Map Modification Orders are made under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to amend the Map and Statement by either, adding, removing or changing the status of the routes based on evidence. Other Orders are made under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to temporarily close or divert routes where works are being undertaken on or adjacent to the public right of way or where any damage on a route would pose a danger to the public.

Landowners & Occupiers

We have a legal duty to maintain the free passage along rights of way.

On occasion this may involve the serving of notices on landowner/s occupiers to undertake works for the removal of any obstruction/s they may have caused. We prefer to work in partnership with landowner/s and occupiers to resolve these issues in a timely manner.

We can offer advice on the route of a right of way, arrange on site meetings to discuss any issues, provide waymarkers and signage to keep users on the correct route, give authority for and provide stiles and gates along the route providing you agree to keep them maintained to a suitable standard.

Register of Landowners Declarations and Deposits under S 31(6) Highways Act 1980

 

 

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