Rights of Way Improvement Plan

The Tyne and Wear Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2007 – 2011 is a blueprint for improving the network of public rights of way across Tyne and Wear.

It was formally published in February 2008 by Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland Councils. The ROWIP was updated to cover 2011 – 2021 and published as part of the third Local Transport Plan.

The Plan, which the Councils are required to produce by law, looks at how best to improve existing rights of way across Tyne and Wear and also looks forward to the future.

The main aims of the Plan are to:

* Consider the present and future needs of the general public and users
* Look at the need for exercise, recreation and enjoyment of the countryside, and access to the countryside
* To consider the accessibility needs of visually and mobility-impaired people, both now and in the future.

The Plan, which includes a Statement of Action, has been produced by  the Rights of Way Officers from each authority and officers from the Local Transport Plan Core Team for Tyne and Wear.  A wide consultation process received positive responses from members of the public, users and landowners.

PDF files of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan can be opened from the links below.

Rights of Way Improvement Plan Documents

Main Report
Appendix – Front Cover and Contents
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix H
Appendix I
Appendix J
Appendix K
Appendix L

Equestrian Strategy

A separate Equestrian Strategy has been produced that investigates the usage of rights of way by horse riders and carriage drivers and explores the barriers to increased use.