Aren’t all these path applications going to create work/problems for busy farmers and landowners?

Our path network is an incredible asset – 140,000 miles of rights of way in England and Wales enable millions of us every year to explore our amazing countryside and connect with nature. Agriculture makes up 70 per cent of land use in the UK and contains a significant proportion of the nation’s paths - without these rights of way the places we can walk would be hugely limited. The Ramblers is dedicated to protecting rights of way, wherever possible in cooperation with landowners, many of whom do a fantastic job maintaining paths and welcoming walkers on their land. The Deregulation Act was passed five years ago to make the processes around path applications and disputes easier for all involved – we would like to see the Government implement its provisions as soon as possible to improve the process for applicants, landowners and local authorities alike.

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