Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Councils the final arbiter over public's right to walk

Local councils must remain vigilant to ensure that rights of way are kept open, especially for urban dwellers who want regulated access to the countryside

Rights of way are fertile ground for disputes. Whether it is a row between adjoining landowners or between the public and farmers, throughout the years there have been bitter disputes over where people are, or are not, allowed to walk. But it is important that public rights of way are protected. Northern Ireland is a very beautiful and largely rural province and rights of way are necessary to access some of our finest beauty spots.

Local councils must remain vigilant to ensure that rights of way are kept open, especially for urban dwellers who want regulated access to the countryside.

Of course there is then an onus on people who use the rights of way to respect the landscape over which they tread.

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