Landowner responsibilities

1. Stiles and gates

Landowners are responsible for maintaining gates and stiles along public rights of way, to ensure they are safe to use and do not obstruct the path. This includes ensuring the steps and frame are stable and there is no barbed wire or unprotected electric fencing on, or running across them. Where they are located on one of our promoted routes or are part of a bridge we may maintain them.

All gates and stile are mapped and shown on our online rights of way map. A landowner must apply to the County Council if they wish to install a gate in a new location, but a stile can not be installed where there has not been one before.

The County Council also provide stile kits at a cost of £60, including VAT and delivery. Please email the Rights of Way Team or call 0345 6080 193 if you would like to order one.

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