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Start date: 2021-04-06
End date: 2021-05-30
Results: 2021-09-30

West Berkshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)

Have your say


A public right of way (PROW) is a path that anyone has the legal right to walk on. Some PROWs can also be used by cyclists, horse riders or motorists. You can use:

  • Footpaths for walking, running, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Bridleways for walking, horse riding, bicycling, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Restricted byways for walking, horse riding, bicycling, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs, and horse-drawn carriages
  • Byways open to all traffic for any kind of transport, including cars (but they're mainly used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders)

As part of the highway, a PROW is protected by law.

West Berkshire Council is responsible for around 1,190 kilometres (740 miles) of public footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways. These create an important network for enjoying and exploring the countryside and travelling to work or school, as well as supporting tourism and good health.

Our current ROWIP was adopted on the 27 May 2010, and under the requirements of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, we have a duty to review it every ten years.

Why we want your views

We're updating our ROWIP to make sure that the network meets the needs of the public now and in the future. We'd like to know about your experience of using our PROW, and how important the network is to your health and wellbeing. We also want to know if you've encountered any problems using the PROWS, and whether your concerns were addressed. 

How to take part

If you'd like to comment, please complete our survey by Sunday, 30 May 2021. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes.

If you have any queries about the consultation, please contact Sharon Bayne (Environmental Planning Consultant for Blackwood Bayne)

For general queries about public rights of way in West Berkshire, please contact Customer Services.

What happens next

Your feedback will be taken into consideration to inform the priorities for the new ROWIP, which will be produced later in 2021, and will be consulted upon before being considered by elected members at an Executive Meeting.

Once the new ROWIP has been approved it will be published on our  Strategies, Policies and Plans webpage.