Law and Practice

This is a repeat of the same course on 15-17 May at Knuston Hall which is full.

13-15 June 2017
Borough Hall, Bedford (non-residential)

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.

All the staff here who attended the recent Law & Practice course have come back with really positive feedback about it and things they learned are already proving useful to all of us in the team. Worcestershire County Council, 2017


Foundation level for recent starters or for anyone taking on an area of work new to them; as a refresher for officers in post some time but rarely encountering some situations, and for line managers looking to increase their appreciation of what their team is dealing with.

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

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

Times to be confirmed but likely:
Tuesday 10.00 to 18.00
Wednesday  09.00 to 18.00
Thursday 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.


Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

Borough Hall is about fifteen minutes walk from the railway station (London-Sheffield).  Car parking is available opposite at Prebend Street car park MK42 9BX (pay and display £5.60).  There is a canteen on site and shops nearby.


All prices ex VAT

Three days
Members £540
Non-members £640

Single day
Members £235
Non-members £330