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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Public rights of way


Stockton Council has a statutory responsibility to produce and maintain the records of all public rights of way as well as a duty to assert and protect the rights of the public who wish to use them.


Public Rights of Way online maps

The Public Rights of Way online map facility shows the location and status of paths shown on Stockton's definitive map of Public Rights of Way, superimposed on mapping provided by the Ordnance Survey. This information is regularly updated to show changes to the network.

Any queries regarding public rights of way please e-mail: or telephone: 01642 526757.


Rights of Way Improvement Plan - Consultation

The Government wants to improve facilities for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and people with mobility problems.  Public Rights of Way include bridleways and walking and cycling routes that are not open to motorised traffic.  In order to help achieve this, Stockton Council set in place a ten year Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan in 2008 and before this document is revised and re-issued we would like to gain an understanding of how effective these improvements have been and where policy and improvement should be directed going forward into the next five years.

We therefore ask that you take a few moments to complete this survey and return your responses to us by 31 August 2017.

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan Consultation.

For further information relating to the consultation please view the Rights of Way Improvement Plan document.

Thank you for sharing your views with us.


Rights of Way Improvement Plan

In accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has prepared a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP).

This plan identifies the current issues affecting the use, management and maintenance of the local rights of way network and the actions Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council proposes to undertake both on its own and in partnership with others in order to improve that network towards meeting the needs of all members of the community over the next 10 years.


Tees Valley Local Access Forum

The Tees Valley Local Access Forum (TVLAF) is an independent body with an interest in public rights of way and access to the countryside, towns and coast in our area.

TVLAF has a responsibility to examine how local authorities manage rights of way, and puts forward ideas about how improvements can be made.

The Forum must balance the needs of land management, recreation, conservation and biodiversity in the region. The Forum has members reflecting a wide range of experience and interests - landowners and managers, walkers and cyclists, and those with other interests including tourism, conservation and forestry.