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Houghton Parish Council


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 can be found here: http://www.hants.gov.uk/rh/row/maps/definitive-maps.pdf 

(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 the Rights of Way.  More details can be found here: http://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway/usingrightsof way 

Hampshire County Council has limited reserves, therefore clearance of five nominated Rights of Way are carried out in the Parish once a year.  Routine clearance is therefore carried out, as required, by the Parish Lengthsman.

Problems found with any Rights of Way, should be reported to Hampshire County Council.  More details can be found here:


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.  More details on landowner responsibilities can be found here: http://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway/landowners