Currently there are no emergency powers to close public rights of way. National guidance is being updated regularly and we will be assessing any new updates. We are working in a constantly moving environment as government update their advice daily.
In response to Public Rights of Way and COVID19 and in line with NHS and Public Health England advice, we have produced an information notice that landowners might wish to print and erect in locations where Public Rights of Way lead near homes and family.
We would ask that the public follow NHS and Public Health England Advise, do not at any time stray from a public right of way. Maintain social distance and hand wash/sanitise after touching any shared surfaces and ensure you keep at least 2–3 metres away from other people.
We would like to ask walkers to please consider the concerns of landowners where rights of way lead near homes and family and politely ask, is it necessary to walk such routes during the current situation?
Please bear with us while we work through the challenges that the current conditions present. Further information can be found at gov.uk
Public rights of way can be roads, paths or tracks and can run through towns, countryside or private property. You can walk on all public rights of way. Some are also open to horse riders, cyclists or motorists.
Different types of public rights of way and how to use them are explained in Rights of way and accessing land.
Who looks after public rights of way in Bolton?
As the Highway Authority, we are responsible for the management of public rights of way. Many run across privately owned land and the responsibility for looking after these is shared between us and the landowner.
Landowners and farmers responsibilities
- keeping all paths free from obstruction
- cutting back overhanging vegetation
- reinstatement of paths after ploughing and keeping them clear of growing crops
- maintaining gates and stiles
- not ploughing paths that run along a field edge
See our frequently asked questions for further information.
Report a problem with a public right of way
If you notice a problem or a blocked public right of way, contact us.
Rights of Way Improvement Plan
All highway authorities in England and Wales have to produce a Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The purpose of these plans is to identify the current and projected future needs of the public with regards to public rights of way, and to plan for the provision of shortfalls in the network.
See our Improvement Plan.