Council responsibilities

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is responsible for ensuring that:

  • The public rights of way network is open and accessible to the public at all times.
  • The surfaces of rights and way are maintained to a standard that is appropriate for the type of user that is entitled to use them, i.e. footpaths must be suitable for walkers and bridleways must be suitable for walkers and horse riders. These routes are often in the rural areas and across green spaces; the majority have a natural surface, and can be rough and boggy underfoot.
  • Public rights of way are correctly signed and waymarked to ensure that members of the public have a clear idea of the routes that are available to them.
  • The rights of the public to use and enjoy rights of way are protected.
  • The definitive map and statement, the legal record of public rights of way in Blackburn and Darwen, is kept under constant review.