Open Spaces Rights of Way - Restoring the Record

Free workshops for people to learn how to research lost rights of way in your parish.

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, section 53 provides a cut off date of 2026 which means many historic routes which could be used by walkers, riders and cyclists will be lost if not formally recorded before that date.

Experts Phil Wadey and Sarah Bucks will be presenting two training days, the aim of these workshops is to explain to attendees how they can research their local lost rights of way.  Some routes you might be regularly using but unless they are recorded and therefore protected, they could be lost for public use.  Therefore it is essential an application is made to registered them on  the definitive map by 2026.

Both training days are free and identical in the contents but places are limited. Tea and coffee will be available for delegates on arrival at 9.00 am for a 9.30 am start, the day should finish approximately 4.00 pm.

For full details and to reserve a place, please contact the booking agent of the location that is most convenient for you.

Saturday 18th November Henley Town Hall Oxon RG9 2AQ
For booking and enquires contact Ellen Froggatt: email

Sunday 19th November Bicester Hotel and Spar, Chesterton, Bicester, OX26 1TE
For booking and enquires contact Hannah Marsh email: or 02476 840 720

People attending should bring laptops and OS maps of your local area if possible.

Unrecorded routes do actually exist in law but have been temporarily lost to the public and are in danger of having their rights extinguished. Our aim is to safeguard these routes for the public to use, and for current and future generations to enjoy and have more safe off road access.

These training days are sponsored by the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body. It campaigns to protect common land, town and village greens, open spaces, public paths and peoples rights to enjoy them.


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