Law and Practice

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 open to misuse.

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

To book, please contact Geri Coop for a bookng form.


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
  • Protection, compliance and enforcement
  • 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


Post-introduction, aimed at officers with nine months to a year in a rights of way job.  This may include recent starters or 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.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions the May 2020 course will be delivered remotely by video conference over five days, 18-22 May, 9-12.30 plus Wednesday 2-5 p.m.  Prcies for this course are as advertised less £230.

Knuston Hall is a residential adult education centre in central England with en suite bedrooms.  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.

All prices ex VAT
Three days residential
Members £750
Non-members £854
Single day
Members £272
Non-members £376

Additional B&B £55

Other options are available, including 1.5 days, non-resident discount and additional B&B, contact

We do not operate online booking for security reasons so please contact for a booking form.

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Hourly Schedule


10.00 - 18.00
Definitive Map and Modification Orders


9.00 - 12.30
Public Path Orders
13.30 - 18.00


9.00 - 16.00


Dec 01 2020 - Dec 03 2020


Residential course
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Members £750 Non-members £854


Knuston Hall
Irchester, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN29 7EU