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.

* Closure may be lifted sooner if works are completed ahead of schedule. An extension may also be required and we will state this from the outset if we are aware that it will be a longer closure.

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.

Aldingbourne/Barnham

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 200-1 - Closed from its western end at its junction with the A29, running in an easterly direction to its junction with public footpath 146 for a distance of approximately 2km as well as Public Footpath No. 296-1 from its junction with public footpath 200-1 south to Sack Lane for a distance of approximately 675 metres.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 14 March 2018 until 13 September 2018, but it is hoped that works will be complete by early May 2018.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while drilling operations are undertaken.

Arundel - Environment Agency riverside embankment works

Affected routes:

  • Public Footpaths No. 3064 and 3064_1: - From Blackfriars Friary, along the north-western bank of the river Arun to the sluice at the southern boundary of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve.
  • Arundel Public Footpath No. 3069, Lyminster And Crossbush: Public Footpath 2222, Warningcamp and Burpham: Public Footpath 2223: - From the junction of Footpath 3069 with The Causeway, along the south-eastern side of the River Arun to the point at which it meets the railway line, north east of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 1 March 2018 until 31 August 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while repair and maintenance works are undertaken by the Environment Agency on the riverside embankments.

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 2018 or until the works have been completed.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to the footbridge being unsafe.

Balcombe/Turners Hill

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 3727 - Closed from its junction with bridleway 79W south-east to its junction with High Street, Balcombe for a distance of approximately 1.1km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 2 March 2018 until 1 September 2018 or until local conditions improve, whichever is earlier.
  • Reason: Closed to protect public safety due to hazardous ground conditions.

Barnham/Aldingbourne

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 200-1 - Closed from its western end at its junction with the A29, running in an easterly direction to its junction with public footpath 146 for a distance of approximately 2km as well as Public Footpath No. 296-1 from its junction with public footpath 200-1 south to Sack Lane for a distance of approximately 675 metres.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 14 March 2018 until 13 September 2018, but it is hoped that works will be complete by early May 2018.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while drilling operations are undertaken.

Billingshurst

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1321 - Closed from its junction with Public Footpath 1322 in an easterly direction for a distance of approximately 180m.
  • Duration: Closed from 20 March 2018 until 23 July 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while construction works are undertaken.

Crawley

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 359Sy - Closed from its junction with Balcombe Road (TQ 295411) west then south to its junction with Public Footpath No. 361Sy (TQ 294405), a distance of approximately 780m.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 1 December 2017 until 31 May 2018, and will be followed by a further closure.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while ground works continue on site.

East Grinstead

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 6eEG - Closed from its junction with Public Footpath 8eEG north and then east to the County for a distance of approximately 840 metres.
  • Duration: Closed for 21 days until 9 April 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while surfacing works are undertaken.

Hassocks

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 3K and Public Footpath No. 4K - Closed from its junction with Ockley Lane to its junction with Public Bridleway No. 6K, a distance of approximately 1km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 6 August 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while surface improvement works are undertaken along the bridleway.

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 for 6 months from 26 October 2017 until 25 April 2018 and will be followed by a further long term.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to the footbridge being washed away.

Kirdford

  • Affected route: Restricted Byway No. 633 - Closed from its junction with footpath 564 south to its junction with Plaistow Road, a distance of approximately 1.5km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 19 September 2017 until 18 March 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while surfacing work is undertaken.

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 June 2019 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 approximately 70m.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 26 November 2017 until 25 May 2018, and will be followed by a further closure.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while a new sewer is installed.

Nuthurst

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1815 - Closed from its junction with the Brighton Road north-west and then north for approximately 150 metres.
  • Duration: Closed for 8 months from 14 June 2017.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while a vandalised bridge awaits repair. 

Petworth

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 657 - Closed from its junction with public footpath 659 to its junction with public footpath 658 for a distance of approximately 175 metres.
  • Duration: Closed for 18 months from 9 February 2018 until 8 August 2019*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unstable wall. 

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 January 2019.
  • Reason: To protect public safety whilst contractors work to remove Japanese Knotweed that is blocking the route. 

Rustington

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 2132 - Closed from Station Road southwards to its junction with Elm Place.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 22 January 2018 until 21 July 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety whilst asbestos removal and construction work is carried out on an adjacent site. 

Slinfold

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 3569 and parallel public footpath no. 1456_1 - Closed from Spring Lane to Hayes Lane for approximately 455 metres.
  • Duration: for 6 months from 5 March 2018 until 4 September 2018, although works are expected to be completed in 12 weeks*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while a new gas main is installed. 

Sompting

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 3083 - Closed from the field boundary at TQ175063 north past the Refuse Destructor for a distance of approximately 500 meters.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 8 November 2017 until 7 May 2018 and will be followed by a further closure*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while agricultural improvement work is undertaken.

Southbourne

  • Affected route: Public footpath No. 202 - Closed from its junction with public footpath 3000, around Prinsted Point northwards towards the marina for a distance of approximately 465 metres.
  • Duration: Closed until 30 April 2018*
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unsafe footbridge.  

Southwater

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 1661 - Closed from its junction with Houghton Bridge, following the river south to its junction with Worthing Road, a distance of approximately 180 meters.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 4 October 2017 until 3 April 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while construction works are undertaken adjacent to the path. 

Turners Hill/Balcombe

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 3727 - Closed from its junction with bridleway 79W south-east to its junction with High Street, Balcombe for a distance of approximately 1.1 km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 2 March 2018 until 1 September 2018 or until local conditions improve, whichever is earlier.
  • Reason: Closed to protect public safety due to hazardous ground conditions.

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 for a further 12 months until 27 October 2018.
  • Reason: To protect public safety due to an unsafe footbridge. 

Westbourne

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 255 - Closed from its junction with Marlpit Lane for a distance of approximately 455 meters.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 5 March 2018 until 4 September 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while restoration work is undertaken.

West Hoathly

  • Affected route: Public Bridleway No. 2WH - Closed from its junction with footpath 564 south to its junction with Plaistow Road, a distance of approximately 1.5km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 22 September 2017 until 21 March 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while surfacing work is undertaken.

Worth

  • Affected route: Public Footpath Nos. 1W and 2W - Closed from Copthorne Way (A2220) to Shipley Bridge Lane for approximately 1.9km.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 15 March 2018 until 14 September 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while adjacent land is prepared for development. 

Worthing

  • Affected route: Public Footpath No. 3114 and 3127-2 - Closed around their junction for approximately 180m north to south and approximately 310m west to east.
  • Duration: Closed for 6 months from 1 December 2017 until 31 May 2018*.
  • Reason: To protect public safety while ground works continue on site. 

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 route: Path number 1925 - Closed from its junction with path number 1924 at Kettlesbridge Farm (TQ 106 245) northwards to West Chiltington Lane (TQ109 247) opposite path number 1906. The continuation of footpath 1925 from this point northwards is available for use.
  • Reason: Due to the legal line being unclear through farm buildings and development.

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
Last updated:
20 March 2018

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