The Council maintains over 400km of public footpaths and bridleways. Some of these are surfaced paths within the urban area of the borough but many pass through the fields and countryside around the town. Those fields are often cultivated by farmers to produce food for people or farm animals and, unfortunately, sometimes the footpaths and bridleways are not kept clear.

The Council will always attempt to work with farmers and landowners with regard to the maintenance of public footpaths and bridleways across their land but cannot always provide an annual reminder to ensure the paths are kept clear of crops.

If you encounter any problems whilst using and enjoying the public footpaths and bridleways throughout the borough such as stiles or gates that are difficult to use, missing signs, overgrown paths or crops being grown on paths, please contact the borough’s Rights of Way Officer by emailing