Public rights of way legally protect the rights of citizens in England and Wales to access designated paths and land. To ensure people across the country can easily access the outdoors, it is now more important than ever that local authorities ensure public pathways are properly maintained and marked so they remain accessible to the public. Through sharing best practice, councils can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to protect public rights of way through working with local communities and stakeholders to increase access and connectivity.

  • England has 146,000 km of public footpaths, and Wales more than 26,000 km, according to Cycling UK
  • Less than 30% of the population have access to a natural space within 15 minutes’ walk from home in more than a third of English local authorities, according to a 2023 report from Wildlife and Countryside link
  • The residents of the most affluent areas of England and Wales enjoying 80% more paths in their local area than the most deprived finds a 2023 report from Ramblers

Join us at The Public Rights of Way Conference 2024: Improving and Maintaining Public Paths to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and those working at the forefront of improving and maintaining public rights of way. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing strategies for protecting local biodiversity, engaging with communities and updating infrastructure. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues across sectors to discuss challenges you face in working with local stakeholders to drive improvements in public rights if way planning.

Why Attend:
 Hear high-level keynotes on the latest guidance and strategies for updating and maintaining public rights of way
 Gain practical insights into handling disputes, engaging with landowners and ensuring pathways are accessible  
 Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for working in partnership to create accessible and connected communities
 Gain 4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota


  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    David Harris, PRoW Lead, The Chiltern Society (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote : Paths for People: Overcoming Barriers to Ensure Outdoor Access for All

    • Techniques for co-producing improvements plans with individuals with lived experience of disabilities
    • Identifying and tackling common barriers to access in public paths and rights of way
    • Insights into practical tools that can be used to promote accessibility and inclusivity in public rights of way improvement plans
    • Key tips for using inclusive communication and signposting to ensure everyone can be confident using pathways

    Richard Armstrong, Manager, Paths for All (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Balancing Conservation With Public Rights of Way: Key Considerations

    • Strategies and insight into respecting wildlife and nature while improving public rights of way

    Henrietta Appleton, Policy Officer, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Confirmed


  • Pre Record : Delivering Successful Volunteer Recruitment within the Rights of Way Sector 

    Abby Sullivan, Senior Countryside Access Ranger, Hampshire County Council

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Create Connected and Inclusive Communities

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in working across services and local stakeholders to develop and implement improvement plans for public rights of way path networks. We encourage you to share your strategies for improving connectivity through paths and ensuring accessibility. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Case Study: Implementing Initiatives to Improve Accessibility in the Countryside

    David Shaftoe, Chief Officer, Open Country (CONFIRMED)


  • Pre Record : Enhancing Accessibility in Public Rights of Way for People with Disabilities: The Accessible Gates Workshop

    Shail Patel, Independent Accessibility Consultant (confirmed)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks 

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will have an interest in transport and planning.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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