Public Rights of Way and COVID-19

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


All public footpaths, bridleways and byways remain open and available for public use. Please see Public Rights of Way page for information on Cornwall's public rights of way.

We have had reported incidents of:

  • landowners blocking paths because of covid-19
  • non-compliance with social distancing measures by users

Footpaths, bridleways and byways are public highways which the public have a right to use. The Government has not made powers available to Devon and Cornwall Police or Cornwall Council to close them. There is no justification for paths closing to the public at this time.

Please remember some public rights of way may pass close to someone's home or workplace. Where a path crosses farmland or close to homes please follow Government guidance on social distancing:

  • Ensure that you keep at least 2 metres away from other people
  • Hand wash or sanitise after touching any shared surfaces, such as stiles or gates
  • Keep dogs on a lead around livestock and away from other people and dogs
  • Leave gates as you find them

If you see a safety issue please report it by using either the email address or phone number on this page.

We have produced a poster for landowners who have public rights of way that cross their land. Copies can be printed and used to remind path users about the Government’s social distancing requirements. The poster is A4 size and printable on a home printer in either black and white or colour. Unfortunately, in line with government guidance all Cornwall Council staff are working from home in line. So, we are unable to provide hard copies in the post.

The information about Coronavirus (Covid-19) page provides further support and guidance

Please also see Coronavirus - Guidance on access to green spaces

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