Welcome to Essex

Public Rights of Way

There are over six thousand kilometres of Public Rights of Way in Essex, comprising footpaths, bridleways and byways.

We have a statutory duty to record and keep public rights of way open.

Our team providing this service comprise of the Definitive Map and Records team, the Localism, Liaison and Enforcement teams, the Inspection team and the Operations and Delivery team. We all work together to assert and protect your public rights of way network. 

Use these pages to find out more about the services we provide and the works that we undertake.   

General information about the Public Rights of Way network in Essex

Understand your rights and responsibilities as a user, as a landowner and/or as a developer

Discover our volunteer schemes and how to become involved

Find out about the work of our Access forum

Engaging with our users

This digital map shows where all the Public Rights of Way are in Essex

Our legal record of Public Rights of Way

How to move or remove paths

How to stop up a path for a short duration

View all our plans for changes to the public rights of way network

How to record rights of way on your land

View maps and information to see when and where we are cutting

Information for all users

Make an application to install a gate across a Public Right of Way on your land

Your chance to tell us what you think

Information on the maintenance of our Public Rights of Way

Suggested short and long walks in Essex