Private rights of way

Private rights of way can exist over private roads and paths, and open land such as fields or woodland.  Please click for our Background note on Private rights of way law. 

Questions we can help with include:

• Does a private right of way exist?

 • What is the scope of a private right of way:  who can use it, and how much use is allowed? 

• Who has to pay for maintenance of the road or path in question?

• What can be done if someone is obstructing a private right of way?

• Can the route of a private right of way be altered?

• How can disputes over right of way be settled?

• Should  private rights of way be shown on the Land Register?

• Can a private right of way cease to exist if it’s not used? 


Click to go to our Initial enquiry page.

Other pages which may help you:  Public rights of way, Restrictive covenants.

 For our print publishing website, please see, and for our website which provides support for residents in private roads, see:


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