Annual Update 2020


IPROW’s Update is a conference style event with a series of presentations, primarily from members, about recent questions arising, innovations or initiatives, intended to provoke thought, discussion and opportunities for review or change of practice.

The programme will include a wide spectrum of topics of current interest, keeping you abreast of change and offering thoughts on optimising resources.

Trade stands will provide the opportunity to catch up with the latest innovations in path furniture, signs and software.

Early bookings by members as full delegate will attract a discount if received before 1 July*.

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


The programme is subject to confirmation but provisionally includes (suggestions welcome):

  • Using the public health agenda to increase physical activity for promoting the value of ROW
  • LAFs from users and authorities, the good and bad, what could improve
  • Case law review
  • Cattle and rights of way with temporary diversions
  • ‘Where practicalities exceed legal powers: the pragmatic approach’
  • Cycling Investment – is tarmacing bridleways and byways the right thing or even legal?
  • Implementing developers’ promises from S106 to Definitive Map
  • Effects of the Agriculture bill/act and the Environmental Land Management Scheme
  • Building resilience to climate change into rights of way

Visit the National Land Access Centre

As the Update is only forty minutes from the National Land Access Centre at Aston Rowant, for anyone interested in gates, barriers and other structures (possibly examples of bridge decks and surfaces by October), an additional session could be available on Monday 12 October 10.30 to 12.30 (the Update starts at 2) if there is enough interest.  This would use the Centre to look at various gates, good practice of installation and why poor siting is a problem for riders and users of mobility vehicles.  It is hoped to have riders on site to demonstrate and Trampers for delegates to try for themselves.
Sufficient bookings would be required by 1 July for this to go ahead.

Annual General Meeting

There will be an IPROW Annual General Meeting in the late afternoon (TBC subject to programme) on Monday 12 October and the opportunity to discuss the work and future of IPROW. AGMs are informal and tend to be short and members are strongly encouraged to stay for the meeting so that decisions are representative of as much of the membership as possible.


Best Western Calcot hotel is about four miles from the mainline rail station at Reading, two miles from the branch station at Theale; or about five minutes from the M4 Junction 12.

Buses and taxis are available from the station. Taxi sharing will be facilitated.

Prices  are exclusive of VAT

Full delegate resident
Members £345*
Non-members £449
Day delegate
Members £200
Non-members £304

*Early Bird discount of £50 available for full delegate member bookings received by 1 July with purchase order or payment and completed booking form. (Applies to resident or non-resident members booking both days.)

To book a place contact Geri Coop, for a booking form.

COVID-19 Restrictions

On the basis that a gathering of over a hundred people may not be considered sensible, we are making provisional plans for the Update as a series of webinars in the week 12-16 October, so you will receive the same material and opportunities for questions and discussions as live, but without the journey.  We may also have updates from our exhibitors and use online discussion platforms for networking and social chat opportunities.  Never let it be said that Rights of Way Officers are the die-hards stuck in the last century; we can meet this challenge!

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Hourly Schedule


13.30 -
Registration opens
14.00 -
President’s Welcome
17.45 -
IPROW Annual General Meeting
19.30 -


8.30 -
Registration for day delegates opens
9.00 -
President’s Welcome
15.15 -
Plenary roundup and vision for the next year
15.45 -


Oct 12 2020 - Oct 13 2020


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Members £345, Non-members £449


Best Western Calcot