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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Permissive Paths

The Countryside & Rights of Way Act of 2000 created permissive paths, also known as permitted paths or concessionary paths, where use by the public is allowed by the landowner(s), but over which there is no public right of access.

Permissive Paths across private land in the UK offer a public right of way but allow the landowner the right of closure or redirection of the path. The signpost above is taken on Kelston Round Hill in Bath.

Permissive paths are clearly signed posted as such and are closed on certain days to forestall any future claim of continuous public access along the path, which might result in the path becoming designated as a statutory right of way.

Permissive paths thus make it possible for landowners to allow access over their land without dedicating a right of way.

The landowner can make restrictions which would not normally apply to other highways, allowing cycling, but not horse riding, for example.

Permissive paths are often located on land owned by an organization which allows public access, such as the National Trust, a railway or local authority.

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