To lose one mile of footpath may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose 49,000 miles of footpaths looks like carelessness.😂

To lose one mile of footpath may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose 49,000 miles of footpaths looks like carelessness.😂

But that, according to the Ramblers, is the total length of footpaths missing from modern maps in England and Wales.

Perhaps they haven’t worked out why so many roads and motorways are missing from Historic Maps.🤣

3 thoughts on “To lose one mile of footpath may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose 49,000 miles of footpaths looks like carelessness.😂

  1. The reason lots of ‘ROW’ are lost is because of the ruling that, absent a specific legal event, a ROW remains such forever.

    The Neolithic trackway across Flag Fen is, unless that area has been subject to an Enclosure Act, still a ROW. Watling Street through London, all the Roman streets through York, the paths around the village under the Bloomberg complex in London are still ROWs.

    In London appeals against applications are heard ey magistrates which may cost money. Elsewhere the process is free. So you can apply for a ROW through Canterbury Cathedral fir the price of a second class stamp.

    JF

  2. The other ‘problem’ is that hundreds of paths that are claimed as ‘lost’ by the ramblers are not confirmed as public rights of way.

  3. The difference is in the definition of a Right of Way and a public highway. Enclosure Acts were limited to the parish and therefore the parishioners who needed to use them to reach allotments of land defined in the Act.
    What has been ignored is the “customary” way – and that it is a “favour” in a limited section of the public, such as the parishioners, a “favour” is a privilege which can be relinquished simply by non-use….. being a “privilege” allowed to those who have a special relationship with the landowner [such as a Tenant,employee, tradesman, Doctor etc etc.] it does not need a specific legal procedure. There are far too many myths, presumptions and suggestions – therefore these matters should be dealt with by a Court or Tribunal [Section 31(1) HA 1980 ] chaired by a barrister of not less than seven years’ standing in the complicated matter of highway law. And not determined by an Inspector of the Planning Inspectorate appointed by the Secretary of State – who – being the Policymaker] is therefore Judge and Jury in own Court.

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