Public Rights of Way (PROW)

The Rights of Way team manages approximately 200 miles of public footpaths, bridleways, Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs), and restricted byways.

These form a network of tracks and paths both in the urban and in the semi-rural areas of Stockport which provide a valuable resource for recreation and sustainable transport.

The Public Rights of Way team has a duty to protect Rights of Way in Stockport. For further information please see 'Related Documents' on the right of the page - 'What are PROWs?'.

The Public Rights of Way (PROW) team protects Stockport’s footpath and bridleway and byway network by carrying out routine checks and also inspects rights of way in response to public reports relating to physical obstruction, vegetation blocking the footpaths and poor surfacing.

Landowners are responsible for gates and stiles across footpaths and bridleways: the highway authority, through the Public Rights of Way Team exercises powers to ensure that landowners maintain stiles and gates in a safe condition.

For the Register of applications made under section 53(5) please see the 'Related Documents' on the right of the page.

To contact the Public Rights of Way team please see 'Contact Us' on the right of the page.