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Public Rights Of Way: Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways

The Parish of Houghton has a network of Rights of Way, in particular the Clarendon Way and Test Way.    

For ease of reference, footpaths are for walking; bridleways for walking, horse riding and cycling; and restricted byways are for walking, cycling, horse riding and other non motorised vehicles. 

A map detailing the Rights of Way in Houghton

(click on tiles 08.15 and 08.16)

Problems with Rights of Way

It is Hampshire County Council's legal duty for recording, signing and maintaining public Rights of Way. 

Using Public Rights of Way (including interactive tools) 

Hampshire County Council will inspect and clear obstructed Public Rights of Way once reported. 

Any problems found with the Public Rights of Way, should be reported to Hampshire County Council using their online portal, using the link below,  or by phoning them on 0300 555 1391.

View, report or track problems on Public Rights of Way. 

Some routine clearance is carried out, as required, by the Parish Lengthsman.

Landowner Responsibilities

Landowners, including those residential properties bordering Rights of Way, must refrain from obstructing rights of way.  They are responsible for keeping side growth back and any overhanging vegetation from encroaching onto paths.  Maintenance of stiles and gates is also the responsibility of the landowner, but Hampshire County Council will check that they are safe and easy to use.  There is no obligation on a landowner to make allowance for dogs that get through stiles. 

Landowners guide to public rights of way