Benington’s Rights of Way    


Benington has 44 rights of way which include 22 footpaths , 16 bridleways , 3 Boats and 3 restricted byways , This means approximately 17 miles of byways open to all in the village , a important local resource for those who enjoy the local countryside.
You can find details of each right of way using this link

Rights of way can be viewed in detail on this site and printed if required , this site is also useful for many other local issues.

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Example webmap

The following website will give you a detailed description of each path called the (Definitive Statement 2010) which can be found and downloaded using this link

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Dos and Don'ts of Public Rights of Way

Dos

Footpaths

This public right of way is meant for pedestrians only. You are allowed to walk your dog as long as it is under your close control. When walking a dog, you must ensure that it keeps to the public footpath and does not trespass into nearby properties. Prams, pushchair or wheelchairs can also be used on a footpath.

Bridleways
These are meant for walkers, horseriders and bycyclists. Bicyclists are expected to give way to walkers and horseriders.

Byways Open To All Traffic (BOAT)
These byways are normally marked "byways" and are open to motorists, bicyclists, horseriders, motorcyclists and pedestrians. As with public tarmac road networks, motorists must ensure that they are legally authorised to use BOATs (i.e. registered, taxed, insured and MoT’d).

Restricted Byways

Restricted Byways are created under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. They are open to the traffic mentioned above in BOATs, but exclude motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Don'ts

Footpaths
Footpaths on edge of a field must not be ploughed. Footpaths can be ploughed, if they cross fields. However, a minimum width of 1 metres must be made available within 14 days of ploughing. Landowners must also ensure that they restore footpaths after ploughing.
If you are walking a dog, you must make sure that it does not stray off legal lines of a public footpath as this may constitute an act of trepass. Also ensure that you clean up your dog mess, if your dog fouls up on a footpath.

Bridleways
Bridleways on the edge of a field must also not be ploughed except they cross overfields. Like footpaths, landowners must also give a minimum width of 2 metres within 14 days of commencing ploughing. Landowners must also ensure that they restore bridleways after ploughing. Motor cars, mini motorsand motorcyclists are not allowed on bridleways.

Byways Open To All Traffic (BOAT)
Under-age or banned drivers, quad bikes,mini-motos, non-road-legal scramblers & quad bikes are not allowed on BOATs. BOATs must not be ploughed or obstructed to prevent public use.

Restricted Byways
Motorcyclists, motorists in motorcars, mini motors, quad bikes, non-road legal scramblers are not allowed on restricted by ways. Restricted byways must also not be ploughed or obstructed to prevent public use.

Other don'ts for landowners

  • You cannot grow crops on a public right of way, however grass can be grown for hay and silage.
  • Dairy bulls over 10 months are not allowed to cross over a field with a right of way.
  • You cannot put up stiles or gates without the permission of your local authority.
  • You cannot put up misleading signs to prevent people from using a public right of way.
  • You are not allowed to harrass, intimidate (e.g. placing a fierce dog on public right of way) or prevent members of the public from using a public right of way.
  • It is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 to put up barbed wires, electric fences or exposed barb wire that prevents or obstructs a public right of way.

Other don'ts for users of public rights of way.

  • You are not allowed to disturb or harm any wildlife found on a public right of way.
  • You should not drop or leave litter on a public right of way.
  • You should not trepass on neighbouring lands to public rights of way. At all times keep to the legal limits!

Responsibilities

 The Council’s responsibilities for rights of way are:

  • to keep the Definitive Map under continuous review
  • to ensure that the Definitive Map is made available to the public
  • to maintain public rights of way and keep them free from obstruction
  • to waymark and signpost rights of way

Responsibility for maintenance of paths is shared between the Rights of Way (RoW) Service and Herts Highways (HH)

Any problems found should be reported to

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I’ve just walked all of these recently and discovered many new interesting local areas , so over to you , happy walking.

Andy Pratt
 
   
 
 
 
 
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