Agriculture for Rights of Way Officers

8 October 2019
Hall Farm, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Course Overview

Most Rights of Way Officers cover areas with at least some agricultural land so a knowledge of farming and its regulations and practices is very helpful in many aspects of the job, from building good relationships with land managers to explaining to the public the limitations of their rights in an agricultural area.

Understanding of the needs of a farmer as well as the requirements of law relating to agriculture can be used to benefit maintenance of public paths and to reduce the need for enforcement.

Note:  To provide on-farm experience, there is compromise over the ‘classroom’ facility which is very basic—chairs in an old stable, portaloo and outside basin.

Part of the day will be spent outside. You will need appropriate clothing and footwear for walking and standing in all weather on a working farm.

Course Programme

Main topics

  • The farming calendar for livestock and arable production
  • Arable field operations from cultivation to harvest
  • Characteristics of land use, constraints and common problems
  • Agricultural development, planning rules, diversification
  • Pesticides and rights of way
  • Livestock and rights of way
  • Electric fencing, barbed wire, bird scarers and gas guns
  • CAP rules and impact of changes on farming practice
  • The role of the RPA and advantages to ROW officers

Learning Outcomes

  • Clear understanding of farming from the farmer’s perspective
  • Awareness of constraints and opportunities in agriculture for ROW
  • Knowledge of good farming practice
  • Appreciation of the importance of good relationships

All Levels

For a range of experience from no prior knowledge to those wanting an update on current regulations and farming practice. The course is designed for Rights of Way Officers, Rangers and Maintenance Staff.


In addition to being a farmer, Julia Hawley is a part-time lecturer in agriculture at University of Lincoln and runs a rural consultancy and meat sales business. She is a popular speaker on farming and conservation topics for social and special interest groups (including the local rights of way team!) and the farm commonly hosts school educational visits. Julia has worked for the consultancy ADAS and has delivered a range of training courses for different audiences.


Hall Farm
Melton Mowbray
LE14 4RX

Hall Farm is a working mixed farm in Leicestershire with public footpaths. It adjoins the River Eye SSSI and the land includes areas of ridge-and-furrow and traditional hedges.
The closest rail station is Melton Mowbray, 2.5 miles away.

Includes refreshments and lunch

There is no bus service to the farm. Taxis should be pre-booked (Mowbray 01664 483101, Deans 01664 480900, Castle 01664 565444).

Tuesday is market day in Melton Mowbray and congestion may occur.

Book a Place

To book a place contact Geri Coop:

£265 (exc VAT) members

£366 (exc VAT ) non-members

includes refreshments and lunch

Start 10.0, finish 17.00