Permissive Paths

Permissive Path imageA permissive path, permitted path or concessionary path is not a public right of way, but a path (which could be for walkers, riders, cyclists, or any combination) whose use is allowed by the landowner, but over which there is no legal right of access. Some permissive footpaths and bridleways are shown on 1:25,000 and 1:50,00 scale Ordnance Survey maps. A permissive path is often closed on a specified calendar day each year, and clearly signed as permissive. These are precautions to prevent any possible future claim of continuous public access, which could result in its becoming designated as a statutory right of way.

Click here to view Permissive Paths in Norfolk.

Click here to view the table of expiry dates of Permissive Paths in Norfolk.

Right to RoamRight to Roam: Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 the public also has a right to walk away from rights of way on designated “access land“. This right is in addition to rights of way, and does not extend to horse-riders or cyclists. Access land may be closed for up to 28 days per year, whereas rights of way must remain open at all times, except in exceptional circumstances with special permission of the local authority.