Right of way
A right of way is a form of easement, which allows the entitled person pedestrian or vehicular access across the land of another person. This right can be in the form of a deed or may arise by implication or by long use. A right of way may exist only for limited purposes.
- Express dedication, where a landowner has given the public the right.
- Presumed dedication, where a right of way has been in use for longer than can be remembered.
- Deemed dedication, where a right of way has been used for 20 years or more.
Code of Practice for the Co-ordination of Street Works and Works for Road Purposes and Related Matters HAUC(England) Edition issued by HAUC (England) in September 2020, defines Public Rights of Way (PRoW) as one of the following:
(2) One of the four rights recordable on the Definitive Map:
NB: In 2013, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consulted on proposals to simplify rights of way regulations by changing the processes for recording, diverting and extinguishing public rights of way (ref. DEFRA).
- Common area.
- Common land.
- Commons Act 2006.
- Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
- Cycle path.
- Gearing up for active travel.
- Highway Code changes in 2022.
- Kissing gate.
- Neighbour trouble.
- Permissive path.
- Pop-up cycle lanes.
- Prescriptive rights of way.
- Property rights.
- Quiet enjoyment.
- Restrictive covenants.
- Right of support.
- Right to light.
- Right to a view.
- Right to access land.
- Rights over land.
- Tree rights.
- Village green registration.