ROW in London Boroughs

The London Boroughs are unitary authorities combining the highways and planning roles. They vary in their attitude towards footpaths. Enfield is still adding new rights of way and permissive paths. Barnet does the minimum to cut back vegetation and remove blockages.

This page includes information on rights of way and accessing Definitive Maps in each of the three Boroughs in our Area.  (To report footpath problems in these Boroughs use the contact details on our Problem Reporting page.)

We have one Footpath Secretary for each borough. Their contact details are on our Footpath Secretaries page.



Rights of way in Barnet

Things are changing rapidly in Barnet as walking and cycling are priorities in their Long Term Transport Strategy (2020-2041). A new Public Rights of Way Officer arrived in February and has been surveying the footpath network, badly damaged by a wet winter and lots of walkers! Once maintenance work has been planned, work can start on a Rights of Way Improvement Plan. In their responses to Barnet's Long Term Transport Strategy (2020-2041) and Local Plan (2021-2036) consultations, Ramblers called for a Strategic Walking Network to link walking routes across the whole Borough (Stile June 2020)

The paths between streets are maintained by the Highways department along with roads and pavements. Rural paths and those in parks are maintained by Barnet Greenspaces: removing blockages, repairing stiles and regular trimming of vegetation. Highways now has funding for some repairs, including resurfacing of rights of way.

Definitive Map and Statement for Barnet

There is a Definitive map showing rights of way in Barnet, but there are no copies. The map is held at the Barnet Council office at 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale. You can make an appointment to look at it there, as it is a legal requirement to make it accessible. 

Barnet Council put a photocopy of the Definitive Map on line as the result of a Freedom of Information request on 26/1/17, and the Definitive statements on 11/12/17. These can still be located here - follow the Disclosure Log link and search for Definitive Map. As they say themselves under "Response", it is not easy to follow, but better than nothing.

Ramblers are working with Barnet as they consolidate the Definitive Map and put all their urban paths onto it.



Rights of Way in Enfield

In addition to its urban network of footpaths, a third of the Borough is in the Green Belt. This area has a good rights of way network, which has been extended with permissive paths and new rights of way. Groups of volunteers work with the council on this network: the “Enfield Conservation Volunteers” and “GroundForce”. The Enfield Society is also involved in protecting and developing the rights of way.

Definitive Map and Statement for Enfield

A copy of the Definitive Map for Enfield is available on request at the council offices. An on line version is available here.



Rights of Way in Haringey

Footpaths in Haringey are generally well maintained. A Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) of 2008 committed them to putting all their urban paths onto the Definitive Map, a task which is almost completed. In common with other Councils, they are now short of money, but within this constraint, they are receptive to requests for new Rights of Way. Rights of Way information, including their ROWIP, can be found on their website

Definitive Map and Statement for Haringey

Haringey Council have now almost completed their new Definitive Map of rights of way, including urban alleys. Orders have been submitted to the Secretary of State, Department of Communities and Local Government for confirmation. Maps of the network can be downloaded as PDFs from their website (link above) – see “Attached Files” at the bottom of their “rights of way” page.