Parish guide to countryside access

A guide to dealing with problems on the rights of way network

Parish Councils have long been central to rights of way management and it is no accident that parishes are the fundamental unit for all path work. At a county level we recognise the importance of parish councils and we want to encourage you to make full use of your powers, rights and opportunities to provide the countryside access facilities that are so important to locals and visitors alike.

What is countryside access?

The basic historical, geographical and legal framework for countryside access in Hampshire.

The legal records of access

The background to the often perplexing world of the definitive map and access maps. It also explains how parish councils can get involved in making changes to the map.


Find out what powers are available to you and what responsibilities other organisations have.

Rights and responsibilities of those involved with public rights of way

A-Z of path problems

A handy path problem reference guide that at a glance will help sort out the day to day issues that crop up on all path networks. Not necessarily all problems, but subjects that it's useful for a parish to have knowledge about; everything from abandoned cars to zoonoses!

Improving local access

The practical section where we get down to the serious business of discussing what parishes can do to make a difference, how to go about it and what support there is to help them achieve it.

Guidance for parish councils on improving local access