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Rights of Way improvement plan

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan outlines how the Local Highway Authority identifies and prioritises actions to bring Public Rights of Way up-to-date, so that they address public needs for recreation, sport, transport, health, economy, land-management, tourism and planning.

The Dorset Rights of Way Improvement Plan identifies the key issues that need to be addressed to develop and improve the network in Christchurch. The Christchurch proposals will be incorporated into the Bournemouth and Poole Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2017-2026.

The vision

Extensive research for the Dorset Rights of Way Improvements Plan - including working and consulting with local Dorset people, land managers and numerous organisations - has established that by:

  • improving management and maintenance
  • providing better information
  • developing a network of paths that are safe and attractive to use
  • involving local people

These, often overlooked, group of public paths and open spaces can achieve so much more and improve our quality of life.


Opportunities to walk, ride or cycle in the natural environment to relax and keep fit benefiting our overall physical health and sense of wellbeing.


Opportunities for people to travel safely off road on foot, horse or bike to get to shops, school, work and other local facilities.


Opportunities for local people and visitors to enjoy Dorset - its local attractions, countryside, vibrant coastal and market towns and villages - helping to sustain local businesses.


Opportunities to enhance landscapes through path networks of good design; helping to manage how and where people travel protecting sensitive landscapes and helping to reduce vehicular use, congestion, air and noise pollution.

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