The definitive guide to rights of way law
An expert guide published by the Ramblers and the Open Spaces Society
Rights Of Way: A Guide to Law and Practice (or 'The Blue Book' as it is unofficially known) is the definitive guide to rights of way law in England and Wales. It was published jointly by the Ramblers and the Open Spaces Society in 2007.
A valuable reference document
Now in its fourth edition, the book was revised and updated by John Riddall and John Trevelyan, two of the leading experts on rights of way law in England and Wales. It is essential reading for anyone involved in rights of way work as well as a fascinating record of the historical and contemporary use of the footpath network.
George Laurence KC of New Square Chambers says “The Blue Book’s famed reputation for even-handedness in this complex and controversial field makes it the first port of call for anyone concerned with a dispute concerning public rights of way. I commend it without reservation”.
Keeping the book up to date
Complementing the printed book, the Blue Book Extra is an online resource regularly updated by the authors. It includes website links referenced in the book, downloadable documents and supplementary material for each chapter to keep the book up to date.
A 5th edition is in development but there is not yet a confirmed publication date.
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