How wide are Public Rights of Way?
The Rights of Way Act 1990 sets out legal widths for the reinstatement of public rights of way after ploughing or sowing crops.
Paths that have been disturbed should be reinstated to a minimum width of:
- 1.0 metre for a crossfield footpath
- 2.0 metres for a crossfield bridleway
Farmers are not permitted to plough field edge paths and the minimum widths that should be left undisturbed are:
- 1.5 metres for a field edge footpath
- 3.0 metres for a field edge bridleway