There are over six thousand kilometres of Public Rights of Way in Essex, comprising footpaths, bridleways and byways. Essex Highways, on behalf of Essex County Council, has a statutory duty to maintain and protect the network of Public Rights of Way. Essex Highways also provides a number of services to enable users to gain access to the whole network.
Information about the Definitive Map and how to legally change or add a route.
What are Public Rights of Way?
Maintaining Public Rights of Way
Who looks after them and how you can get involved
A range of publications from Essex County Council, all free to download, that provide details of walks within Essex.
Information for landowners with Public Rights of Wway on their property, and developers seeking to develop land where there is a Public Right of Way.
Walking and Information Guides
A range of publications, all free to download. They provide details on where to walk, cycle and horse ride in Essex and general information guides.
The policy document that outlines Essex County Council’s plan for improving access to the countryside through rights of way.