Public Rights of Way

The rights of way network in the Borough 

In Broxbourne, the rights of way network includes 124 footpaths, four bridleways and 11 Roads Used as Public Paths (RUPPs), which amounts to a total distance of 43 miles.

Borough Of Broxbourne Footpaths Map

  • Access to footpaths and bridleways varies, with those in the urban areas and the Lee Valley Regional Park being more accessible, than ones in the more rural parts of the borough. The map above shows the location of railway stations and car parks nearest to the rights of way network.
  • The borough's footpaths and bridleways offer the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of landscape and habitat areas. There are riverside and canal side walks along the Lee Valley and woodland walks on the western fringe of the Borough. Between the built-up area and the woods, several walks take you through areas of open farmland and grassland.                            
  • The Council has produced a folder entitled 'Borough of Broxbourne: Walking for Pleasure', identifying selected circular walks in the borough. These pass through the variety of landscapes and habitats to be experienced in the Borough. Copies of this folder and Borough walks can be obtained from all one stop shops and the Council offices.     

Maintenance of the rights of way network

Under the Rights of Way Act 1990, the County Council has overall responsibility for the rights of way network across the County. Within the Borough of Broxbourne the Council acts as agent undertaking improvements to the rights of way network which include new kissing gates, resurfacing and bridges.

              Footpath 20 near Barclay Park, Hoddesdon
 Footpath 20 near Barclay Park in Hoddesdon Footpath 20 near Barclay Park in Hoddesdon

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 If you have any queries relating to the maintenance of public rights of way, signage and waymarking of routes, obstructions, dangerous animals harassment or misleading signs, please contact the Council by telephone on 01992 785577 or by e-mail, ess@broxbourne.gov.uk. Alternatively, please write to:
Highway Services
Broxbourne Borough Council
Unit 5, Broxbourne Business Centre
New River Trading Estate
Cheshunt
Hertfordshire
EN8 0NP

Country Code

  • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Fasten all gates.
  • Keep to public paths across farmland.
  • Keep your dog under close control.
  • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls.
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
  • Take your litter home.
  • Help keep all water clean.
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
  • Take special care on country roads.
  • Make no unnecessary noise.

The public, landowners and tenants may be liable to prosecution if the rules/laws are not observed.