Protecting Our Public Rights of Way: Policy Update and Good Practice

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Shona Butter, Vice-Chair, ADEPT’s Rights of Way Managers Group
  • Phil Wadey, Author, ‘Rights of Way: Restoring the Record’
  • Sophie Dwerryhouse, National Access Adviser, CLA
  • Adam Taylor, Rivers & Paths Manager, Medway Council (chair)
  • Robin Carr, Principal Consultant, Robin Carr Associates
  • Dr Mhari Barnes, Flood Risk & Access Policy Adviser, National Farmer's Union
  • Rosalinde Emrys-Roberts, Routewise Consulting


The 2015 Deregulation Act included changes to the registration of Public Rights of Way, including the cut-off date of 1st January 2026 for historic claims for paths that existed before 1949. The resulting rush of applications for historic paths to be officially recognised has led to some local councils experiencing application backlogs and hundreds of thousands of pounds of costs to investigate claims.

Join us on 28 January to hear about the latest policy and legal developments impacting Public Rights of Way. Attend the event to ensure your organisation is prepared for the 2026 cut-off date and learn from good practice case studies that you can take back and implement within your setting.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Implementing the Deregulation Act: what to expect and how to prepare
  • Having a comprehensive understanding of the guidance and regulations
  • Recording, diverting and extinguishing PROW: helping local authorities meet the 2026 cut-off
  • Meeting the administrative and legal costs of processing public path orders
  • Looking ahead to 2026: overcoming the key challenges
  • Effective partnership working between local authorities, landowners, occupiers and others
  • Initiatives to record multi user routes: supporting horse riders and cyclists
  • Managing PROW application caseloads in the run up to 2026
  • Successfully using different forms of electronic communications, including electronic definitive maps

About the day:

The morning will focus on the implementation of changes to Public Rights of Way legislation and how key stakeholders can prepare for the 2026 cut-off date.

The afternoon session will examine current and future good practice in recording Public Rights of Way.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from: local authority rights of way teams, Local Access Forums, rights of way user representative bodies, local planning authorities, parish councils, local research groups, National Park authorities, local highways authorities, conservation bodies, community groups, campaigning organisations, voluntary organisations, consultants, the legal profession, and elected members.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 28th January 2020

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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