Public rights of way


You have the right to access some land for walking or certain other leisure activities.

You can:

  • use public roads and pavements or public rights of way, for example footpaths or bridleways
  • use your right to roam on open access land including mountains, moors, heaths, downs, common land and some land around the England Coast Path

If neither of these apply, you may still be able to access private land if:

  • the land was used as a public right of way in the past - check old maps and documents
  • the land was accessed by the public for at least 20 years and nobody has asked them to stop
  • the landowner has given permission (‘permissive access’)

Public rights of way in Havering

Please be aware of the following:

  • A definitive map for London Borough Of Havering has now been published in 1971. However, a survey of all paths has not been completed, and whilst this does not rule out the existence of unrecorded rights of way, the local authority is unaware of any claimed rights of way existing over the search site. If in doubt please contact Public Rights of Way, c/o Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD  for further information. 
  • Additional public rights of way (e.g. cycle tracks) may exist other than those shown on the definitive map. If in doubt please contact Public Rights of Way, c/o Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD  for further information
  • Additional public rights of way (e.g. cycle tracks) may exist other than those shown on the definitive map.

View the public right of way maps and definitive statement

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