Rights of Way Management Plan 2018-2028

How we assess current access to the countryside, and propose to ensure it meets future needs.

The West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan (RoWMP) 2018-2028 sets out the County Council’s approach to managing the Public Rights of Way (PRoW) network over the next ten years.

Public Rights of Way include:

  • public footpaths
  • bridleways
  • restricted byways
  • byways open to all traffic (BOATs).

They can bring benefits to health and well-being, the local economy and the environment, and are used for a wide range of leisure activities, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of large parts of the West Sussex countryside.

As well as being a valuable part of everyday, life providing access to shops, workplaces, educational and health services and linking to public transport, they can also provide a safer alternative to increasingly busy roads and lanes. 

The RoWMP also outlines the opportunities available for considering improvements to the network and sits alongside the West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy, which sets out our approach to promoting and enabling walking and cycling.

Supporting documents

Last updated:
20 January 2023
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