Rights of Way Law and Practice May

Six weekdays 9.30 to 13.00 each day

Virtual by Microsoft Teams

Whatever your job in public rights of way and access, knowledge of the basics of the law and practice regarding the definitive map, modification and public path orders, enforcement and maintenance are all 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.

Six Modules

  1. Definitive Map
  2. Modification Orders
  3. Public Path Orders
  4. Maintenance
  5. Protection, Compliance and Enforcement 1
  6. Protection, Compliance and Enforcement 2

Main topics

  • Duties and responsibilities of the Definitive Map and Statement
  • Modification Orders and Public Path Orders
  • Maintenance duties and powers
  • Asserting and protecting the public right
  • Doing the best job you can with low resources
  • Enforcement duties and powers

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


Post-introduction, aimed at officers with over six months in a rights of way job. The course is designed for Rights of Way Officers, legal officers or solicitors, rangers or maintenance staff; anyone needing a foundation to an area of work new to them.


(Subject to change)

Rosalinde Emrys-Roberts is a consultant who worked as Definitive Map Team Leader at Hertfordshire County Council for many years and is part of the Stakeholder Working Group which refined proposals to government resulting in the Deregulation Act.

Richard Cuthbert has been involved in Rights of Way Management for more than twenty years and is currently a Director of IPROW and Team Leader Definitive Map and Enforcement at Hertfordshire County Council.

Graham Rusling has been involved in Countryside Management and Public Rights of Way for more than twenty years and is currently Rights of Way Manager for Kent County Council.


£654 (non-member £767) or £115/module (non-member £145)

Modules are one per day:

  1. Definitive Map
  2. Modification Orders
  3. Public Path Orders
  4. Maintenance
  5. Protection, Compliance and Enforcement 1
  6. Protection, Compliance and Enforcement 2


Microsoft Teams is the software used for training which is available to anyone through a web browser even if the application is not installed. The app enhances the experience but the basic functionality of the browser version is adequate to participate in the course. If you have not previously joined an external Teams meeting, you can use this test meeting link to check.

Terms and conditions


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IPROW reserves the right to refuse bookings if appropriate to the success of the event.

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Member Discount

Member discount applies for people who are a member at the time of booking and on the date of the event.

New members must have completed the membership process no less than two weeks before the event to qualify for discount.


A member can substitute for another member without charge.

A member can substitute for a non-member but the discount will not apply if the booking has already been invoiced.

A non-member substituting for a member after the invoice has been raised will incur a charge of £30 for second invoice plus the amount of the discount.


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Cancellation after the invoice has been raised will remain chargeable in full.

Cancellation prior to an invoice being raised will not incur charge.

If an event should be undersubscribed or a trainer should be unavailable through illness or injury, IPROW reserves the right to cancel the event  or postpone to a date agreed with all parties. Fees already paid will be refunded if the event is cancelled or a person booked is not able to attend as a result of postponement.

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