The path network
Paths in Exmoor National Park may be public rights of way or permitted paths. Public rights of way are paths along which the public has a legal right to pass and repass. Permitted paths are available by landowner permission rather than by legal right.
The public rights of way network is managed and maintained by Exmoor National Park Authority which has delegated powers from Devon and Somerset County Councils. This means that most maintenance duties, signing, waymarking etc. are undertaken by Exmoor National Park Authority. Maintenance of gates and of overhanging vegetation (e.g. trees and hedges) is the responsiblilty of the landowner by law, but the National Park Authority undertakes some of these works in cooperation with landowners to ensure that the public rights of way network remains in excellent condition.
Network surveys are undertaken by the Ranger Service to identify maintenance that is required. The Ranger Service specifies repair works and major projects for our Field Services Team who carry out the majority of our path works. The National Park Authority also relies heavily on public reports of damage/obstructions to the network. If you have noticed something that needs attention then please report a problem.
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