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Rights of Way - footpaths, bridleways and byways

Rights of Way are footpaths, bridleways and byways which have public access.  They are all highways which the public have the right to pass and re-pass along.

Hertfordshire has an extensive Rights of Way network of over 5200 paths totalling more than 3000km. These paths are shown on a map and have a written description in a legal record called the Definitive Map & Statement, which is looked after by the County Council's Rights of Way Service at County Hall, Hertford. They also form part of Hertfordshire's Gazetteer.

Contact Us:
* For Rights of Way problems and queries please contact the Customer Call Centre on 0300 123 4047, email us on row@hertfordshire.gov.uk or go to Highways Fault Reporting
* For Commons & Greens problems and queries please contact the Customer Call Centre on 0300 123 4047 or email us at commons&greens@hertfordshire.gov.uk

The Rights of Way Service has two teams;

  • The Countryside Access Team deals with maintenance & enforcement issues across the network, rights of way improvement plan, open access land and recreational routes
  • The Definitive Map Team deals with the changes to the definitive map & statement (modifications and public path orders) and also maintains the register of commons & greens.

Each Officer covers an area of the county as shown in the map below.

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