Public paths and the countryside
Find out about different rights of way, how we maintain this network and information for landowners.
There are a number of reasons for sections of the public rights of way network to be unavailable for public use. There can be temporary closures if hazardous situations have developed and very occasionally permanent closures may occur.
Our public rights of way interactive map (iMap) is designed for all lovers of the countryside and was recently redeveloped to take advantage of innovative new mapping software, Local View.
The Public Rights of Way network in West Sussex is looked after by a small, friendly team, who cover all aspects relating to the legal definition and day-to-day maintenance of the network.
If you are walking on a Public Right of Way in West Sussex and you find a problem please complete the following form. The more detail you are able give the easier it will be for us to deal with the problem promptly and efficiently.
This section focuses on the legal processes involved in recording the Public Rights of Way network, including useful links if you require any further information.
This page gives information on some of the projects that have been completed around West Sussex.
Landowners and the County Council as the highway authority have shared responsibility for the maintenance of the Public Rights of Way network.
The key document that promotes and encourages everybody to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside is the Countryside Code. The Code makes clear what the responsibilities are for both path users and those who manage the land.
This page contains the guidance notes and application forms related to some of the topics covered elsewhere on the Public Rights of Way website.