Last updated:
5 April 2017

Unavailable public rights of way routes

Check which routes are temporarily unavailable, and which have been permanently closed.

1 About unavailable routes

Sections of the West Sussex rights of way network sometimes become unavailable. Closures are usually temporary and are to protect your safety. On rare occasions paths may become subject to a permanent closure order.

The unavailable paths listed here are not available for use by the public and are without a locally signed alternative.

Please be aware that although these website pages are updated regularly, it is sometimes necessary to close a path as an emergency or for short periods of time. In such cases information may not be available on the website.

Supporting documents

2 Temporary closures

Please see below a list of longer term temporary closures on our network. For enquiries about short term closures of up to 21 days, please contact the PRoW Team.

To view the location of an affected footpath or bridleway, launch the iMap, select 'Path number' from the drop-down list and enter the relevant path or bridleway number in the search box.

Albourne

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 14Al - Closed from its junction with the Public Footpath 19_1Al (TQ259161) south-eastwards to its junction with Public Footpath No. 18Al (TQ264159).
  • Duration: Closed from 23 November 2016 for 6 months and may be followed by a further closure.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unsafe footbridge.

Ashurst/Henfield

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 3625 - Closed where it crosses the River Adur from its junction with Public Footpath Nos. 2520 and 3202 (TQ190161) eastwards for a distance of 26 metres to its junction with Public Footpath No. 3200 (TQ190161).
  • Duration: Closed until 2 December 2017 or until the works have been completed.
  • Reason: To protect public safety whilst development work is undertaken.

Bolcombe

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 3727 - Closed from its junction with B2110, High Street opposite Crawley Lane (TQ297325) northwards to its junction with Bridleway No. 79W (TQ290333), a distance of approximately 1.1.km.
  • Duration: Closed until 12 July 2017 or until ground conditions improve, whichever is sooner.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to poor local ground condition making the route unsafe.

Chichester

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 3590 - Closed from its junction with Fishbourne Road eastwards for 25 metres across the railway to its junction with Westgate.
  • Duration: The existing closure will now continue in force until 4 August 2017 or until the works are completed.
  • Reason: To protect public safety.

Cowfold

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1749 - Closed from a point east of Nos. 14 and 15 Alley Groves (TQ 215227) for 123 metres northwards and north-eastwards to point (TQ 215228).
  • Duration: Closed until 31 July 2017 or until the works are completed.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while development works are undertaken on the land.

Crawley

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 3377 - Closed from Radford Road (TQ 289395) to the point (TQ292393).
  • Duration: Closed from 12 December 2016 for for 6 months or until the works have been completed.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while development work is undertaken.

Heyshott

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 962/2 - Closed from its junction from Public Footpath No. 968 (SU900185) eastwards to its junction with Hoyle Lane (SU906185).
  • Duration: Closed from 5 October 2016 for 12 months or until the works are complete.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to the footbridge being washed away.

Itchingfield

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1628/1 - Closed from its junction with BW1630 (TQ 143 303) south-east to its junction with Bridleway Nos. 3710 and 1628/2 (TQ 148 293), a distance of approximately 1.2.km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 7 February 2017 or until the public footpath is safe to reopen, whichever is sooner.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unsafe footbridge.

Kirdford/Fittleworth

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 3250 - Closed from its junction with Public Bridleway No. 3250 (TQ022227) westwards for a distance of 980 metres to junction with Wakestone Lane (TQ013229).
  • Duration: The existing closure will now continue in force until 8 December 2017 or until the works are completed.
  • Reason: The Order is necessary to protect public safety due to a washing-out of the bridge and a landslip, making the structure dangerous.

Lindfield Rural

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 5LR – Closed from its junction with Gravelye Lane, north-eastwards to its junction with public footpath 4LR, a distance of 68m.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 3 April 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while a new sewer is installed.

Pulborough

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 2333 - Closed from Mare Hill Road to Broomers Hill Lane.
  • Duration: The current closure will continue in force until 9 February 2018.
  • Reason: To protect public safety whilst contractors work to remove Japanese Knotweed that is blocking the route. 

Rusper

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1492 - Closed from its western end at its junction with Friday Street (TQ185369), running in an easterly direction to its junction with the High Street (TQ204374).
  • Duration: Closed from 15 September 2016 for a further 12 months or until the works are complete.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to a landslide. 

Rustington

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 2132 - Closed from Station Road southwards to its junction with Elm Place.
  • Duration: Closed until 31 December 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety whilst asbestos removal and construction work is carried out on an adjacent site. 

Shoreham and Southwick

  • Affected route: Restricted Byway No. 3152 - Closed from the High Street southwards to its junction with the River Adur.
  • Duration: Closed until 30 June 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to construction vehicle access for works being carried out as part of the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme. 

Shoreham and Southwick

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 2048 - Closed from its junction with the Brighton Road north-west and then north for approximately 150 metres.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 13 March 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while works are undertaken on the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls scheme.  

Slaugham

Southbourne

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 202 - Closed from its junction with Public Footpath 3000 (SU765041) eastwards and then north-westwards to Thornham Marina (SU765045).
  • Duration: Closed from 31 October 2016 for 6 months and is likely to be followed by a further closure.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unsafe footbridge. The footbridge is shortly to be removed and is hoped to be replaced in the summer 2017. 

South Stoke

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 3567 - Closed from its junction with Mill Road and heads east then north around the Wetlands Centre to where it has another junction with Mill Road.
  • Duration: Closed for 23 days from 3 April 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while embankment works are undertaken as part of flood defense works. 

Southwater

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 2266 - Closed from its junction with Andrews Lane north-east then south-east for approximately 315m.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 10 April 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while a new foul water sewer is installed. 

Warnham

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1432  - Closed from its junction with the A29 Bognor Road (TQ136346) southwards and southeastwards to its junction with Public Footpath No. 1427 (TQ141340).
  • Duration: Closed from 27 October 2016 for a further 12 months or until the works are complete.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unsafe footbridge. 

3 Unavailable paths

To view the location of an affected footpath or bridleway, launch the iMap, select 'Path number' from the drop-down list and enter the relevant path or bridleway number in the search box.

Aldwick

  • Affected route: Path number 140/2 - Closed from Trinity Way (SZ 916 995) to Cambridge Drive (SZ916995)
  • Reason: Due to the legal line having been built over.

Billingshurst

  • Affected routePath number 1321 - Closed from Marringdean Road (TQ 089 241) to west of Kingslea Farm (TQ 087 242)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line being obstructed by caravans, vehicles and outbuildings. 

Billingshurst

  • Affected routePath number 1913 - Closed from the northern side of the railway (TQ 117 258) to Pratts Farm (TQ 118 257)
  • ReasonDue to a missing railway crossing point.

Billingshurst

  • Affected routePath number 1919 - Closed along Wooddale Lane TQ 099 262 to TQ 100 263
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fences and an anomaly at Lower Woodlands.

Billingshurst

  • Affected routePath number 1920 - Closed from the New Road (TQ 107 268) to the southern end of Priors Farm (TQ 104 265)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing wall, building and fences.

Billingshurst

  • Affected routePath number 1925 - Closed from the southern end of the railway (TQ 105 252) to Kettlesbridge Farm (TQ 106 245)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line being unclear through a recent development. 

Billingshurst

  • Affected routePath number 1925/1 - Closed from West Chiltington Lane (TQ 109 249) to Palmers Farm (TQ 108 249)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line being unclear on the ground. Needs 1925 to be opened. 

Bolney

  • Affected routePath number 17Bo - Closed from Stairbridge Lane (TQ 273 208) to Jobs Lane (TQ 278 204)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line being obstructed by development and a lake.

Burpham

  • Affected routePath number 2222 - Closed from the cricket ground (TQ 039 088) to Jacobs Ladder (TQ 039 085)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fences.

Burpham

  • Affected routePath number 2230 - Closed from Burpham Road (TQ 043 084) to the southern end of Splash Farm (TQ 041 084)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fences.

Colgate

  • Affected routePath number 1698/1 - Closed from junction with footpath number 2822/1 (TQ 219 312) to junction with footpath number 2814 (TQ 220 312)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing hedges.

Crawley

  • Affected routePath number 350/1Sy - Closed from Poles Lane (TQ 264 392) to south of 'Grove Cottage' (TQ 264 390)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line running through a private garden.

Ferring

  • Affected routePath number 2136 - Closed from the A280 (TQ 088 053) to Pot Lane (TQ 092 049)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fence and buildings.

Ford

  • Affected routePath number 200/4 - Closed from Ford Road (SU 000 036) to south of 'Conifers' (SU 998 035)
  • ReasonThis path is a continuation of a previously extinguished path and runs to the middle of a field.

Fulking

  • Affected routeBridleway number 11F - Closed from Unitary Authority Boundary (TQ 249 101) to the Parish Boundary (TQ 252 105)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fences.

Henfield and Steyning

  • Affected routePath number 2563 - Closed from junction with bridleway number 3511 (TQ 195 132) to TQ 205 144
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fence and missing bridge.

Heyshott

  • Affected routePath number 970 - Closed from Heyshott Green (SU 897 187) to Hoyle (SU 906 186)
  • ReasonDue to missing bridges, felled trees and uncertainly as to the legal line on the ground.

Horsham

  • Affected routeFootpath number 3690 - Closed from north of St Leonards Park (TQ 201 311) south to junction with bridleway 1697/2 (TQ 200 307) 

Lindfield Rural

  • Affected routePath number 35LR - Closed from junction with public footpath 29CU (TQ 350 237) to Lyoth Lane (TQ 350 238)

Milland

  • Affected routeBridleway number 1181 - Closed at the northern end (SU 823 296)
  • ReasonDue to obstruction of the route.

Patching

  • Affected routePath number 2180 - Closed in Barnstake Copse from TQ 080 070 to TQ 076 075
  • ReasonDue to obstruction by standing trees.

Patching

  • Affected routePath number 2211/1 - Closed in Michelgrove Park from TQ 075 081 to TQ 079 080
  • ReasonDue to obstruction by standing trees.

Plaistow

  • Affected routePath number 3236 - Closed between junctions with bridleway number 635 ( TQ 024 316) and bridleway number 809 (TQ 028 319)
  • ReasonDue to obstruction by fences and hedges.

Plaistow

  • Affected routePath number 629 - Closed between junctions with footpath number 638/1 (TQ 025 292) and bridleway number 2850 (TQ 029 291)
  • ReasonDue to obstruction by hedge and missing bridge.

Poynings

  • Affected routeBridleway number 22P - Closed from the Parish boundary (TQ 252 105) north east towards Devils Dyke at TQ 253 107
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fences.

Pulborough

  • Affected routePath number 2331 - Closed from New Place Road (TQ 053 190) to north of Spinney North (TQ 054 189)
  • Reason Due to obstruction by two chain link fences.

Shipley

  • Affected routePath number 1905/1 - Closed from Emms Lane (TQ 129 259) to Trout Lane (TQ 131 258)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line being blocked by buildings.

Shipley

  • Affected routePath number 1948 - Closed from Coolham Road (TQ 128 248) to junction with footpath 2801 (TQ 131 246)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fence and buildings.

Shipley

  • Affected routePath number 2801 - Closed from Coolham Road (TQ 127 246) to junction with footpath 1907 (TQ 122 247)
  • ReasonDue to kennels obstructing the legal line.

Slinfold

  • Affected routePath number 1369 - Closed from public bridleway number 3569 (TQ 106 313) to Stane Street (TQ 110 314)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line of the route being blocked on the ground.

South Stoke

  • Affected routePath number 2266/1 - Closed from Swanbourne Lake (TQ 018 079) to the Black Rabbit pub (TQ 024 084)
  • ReasonDue to path being blocked by fallen trees.

Steyning and Henfield

  • Affected routePath number 2563 - Closed from junction with bridleway number 3511 (TQ 195 132) to TQ 205 144
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fence and missing bridge.

Storrington and Sullington

  • Affected routePath number 2683 - Closed from junction with public bridleway 2251 (TQ 084 128) east to junction with public footpath 2684 (TQ 088 127)
  • ReasonDue to fencing and a general state of long-term disuse.

Sutton

  • Affected routeBridleway number 413 - Closed from the southern end of West Wood (SU 951 126), south east, to the junction with BW412 (SU 952 126).
  • ReasonDue to obstructing standing trees.

West Grinstead

  • Affected routePath number 1847 - From Hookshile Wood (TQ 174 191) to west of Furzevale Wood (TQ 180 194)
  • ReasonDue to obstructing fences and a missing bridge.

Westbourne

  • Affected routePath number 247 - Closed from the northern side of the A27 (SU 774 071) to the southern side of the A27 (SU 774 070)
  • ReasonDue to the legal line being crossed by the A27.

Worth

  • Affected routePath number 41W - Closed from Snow Hill (TQ 343 398) to west of Prevetts (TQ 341 397)
  • Reason: Due to the legal line being obstructed by two domestic buildings.

Worth

  • Affected routePath number 45bW - Closed from north of Kenwards Farm (TQ 345 396) to Furnace Pond (TQ 348 392)
  • ReasonDue to obstruction by eight domestic buildings.

Yapton

  • Affected routePath number 326 - A section is closed to the west of Clays Farm between SU 976 039 and SU 977 038
  • ReasonDue to obstruction by fences and a missing bridge.

4 Permanent closures

To view the location, launch the iMap, select 'Path number' from the drop-down list and enter the relevant path, bridleway or byway number in the search box.

Graffham

  • Affected route: Restricted byway number 952
  • Date closed31 January 2005
  • Note: Closed to motorised traffic for the entire length of the path

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