Norfolk County Council manages approximately 2,400 miles of public rights of way consisting of footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic. We also manage the Norfolk Trails which include nine long-distance paths and their associated circular walks. We additionally manage other routes such as the Norfolk Health, Heritage and Biodiversity Walks, where they are located in the vicinity of the Trails network.
We have always proactively maintained a proportion of footpaths in Norfolk and we are still doing this on hundreds of miles of them. We have also always maintained the majority of our countryside footpath network reactively. In May 2012 we moved the team responsible for this work into our Highways group, giving us a much larger team and more capacity than ever before to deal with this work. That team is also now using consistent systems for dealing with all highways work, which is more efficient. We have stepped up our enforcement procedures to make sure that landowners, who also have responsibility for dealing with major parts of the network, do their bit – and that it gets done more quickly.
The council also has the responsibility for managing Norfolk’s Definitive Map and Statement (the legal record of public rights of way) and its associated processes.