Law and Practice

15-17 May 2017
Knuston Hall, Northants

Rights of way law and practice covering the definitive map, modification and public path orders, maintenance and enforcement provides the foundation for any rights of way officer or ranger.   A manager responsible for rights of way functions should also be aware of the basics of what their team can and should accomplish.

Whatever your job in public rights of way and access, knowledge of the basics of the law and practice are essential to ensure you avoid costly consequences of acting in ignorance of the wider implications of what you say or do. The best solution is to know how not to make those errors in the first place.

Even if your job is only one element, such as public path orders, you should still be aware of how anything you do or say may have an impact on the work of your colleagues such as agreeing a route that will be difficult to maintain or conditions that cannot be enforced.


Foundation level for recent starters and as a refresher, or for anyone taking on an area of work new to them.

The course is designed for Rights of Way Officers, legal officers or solicitors, rangers or maintenance staff, and managers with overall responsibility.


Main topics

  • Duties and responsibilities of the definitive map and statement
  • Modification Orders
  • Public Path Orders
  • Asserting and protecting the public right
  • Maintenance duties and powers
  • Enforcement duties and powers
  • Doing the best job you can with no resources

Learning Outcomes

  • Clear understanding of the primary duties and powers
  • Awareness of the consequences of unlawful action
  • Knowledge of good practice
  • Appreciation of the complexity of the law and avoiding poor practice


Monday             Definitive Map and Modification Orders
Monday late     Public Path Orders
Tuesday a.m.    Public Path Orders
Tuesday p.m.    Maintenance
Wednesday       Enforcement

Times to be confirmed but likely:
Monday 10.00 to 18.00 plus evening session
Tuesday  09.00 to 18.00 plus evening session
Wednesday 09.00 to 16.30


Helen Denton has been a Definitive Map Officer with Hertfordshire County Council for over twelve years.  She has extensive experience of evaluating evidence and applying the legal tests in processing modification and diversion orders.

Mike Taylor has been involved in Countryside Management and Public Rights of Way for more than twenty years, currently as Rights of Way Manager for Cheshire East Council.


Knuston Hall
NN29 7EU

Knuston Hall is an adult education centre in central England. Set in attractive grounds, it has a bar, television rooms and en suite bedrooms with tea/coffee making facilities.

The Hall is off the A45, thirty minutes from the A1 or M1, and four miles from Wellingborough rail station, which is less than an hour from London St Pancras on the East Midlands main line. Buses and taxis are available from the station but pre-ordering is recommended.

Bed and breakfast the previous night may be available if enough demand and can be added to your course cost. Please enquire when you book.


All prices ex VAT

Three days residential
Members £680
Non-members £780
(non-resident less £120)

One and a half days residential (for MO and PPO or Maintenance and Enforcement)
Members £340
Non-members £450
(non-resident less £60)

Single day
Members £245
Non-members £340

B&B may be available the night before the course at £50 + VAT if there is enough demand