Bushey and District Footpaths Association

BADFA is a Registered Charity committed to caring for public rights of way
Centred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, but taking a wide view. Incorporating Watford Fieldpath Association (Founded 1898)

The legal views expressed on this web site are believed to be correct, but whether or not they are, there will often be exceptions and interpretations making them not applicable in certain particular circumstances. Please feel free to query, to add, or to correct: by contacting We are not lawyers and so of course you should take more formal advice before acting on anything on this web site.

"It is the great beauty of the Law that it can dispute any human statement, made under any circumstance..."
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins who had trained as a lawyer.

The Rule of Law

Contents (Note: the law here refers to England and Wales only)

1 Ownership of Paths Surface, 'Spits' & Toilets

2 'Creation' and 'Creation' Making public paths public

3 Widths How wide is a path?

4 Path structures: Gap Gate and Stile, which has some legal content.

5 Structures in orders - an inspector's view

6 Signposts

7 Maintenance of structures, whose job?

9 The use of Common Law for Abatement

12 'Significantly interferes' The Kidner case
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