Rights of Way

The Tees Valley has some great countryside, parks and green spaces, and a lot of work is being done to care for them. Each Countryside Access Officer across the four Boroughs is actively working on projects that will make their Borough a greener and healthier place to live, work and visit.

Each Local Authority Countryside Access Team works with landowners, voluntary groups and other associations to make sure the existing rights of way are protected. They also hope to improve access to the countryside and coast and are actively seeking permissive access partnerships with all landowners, be they private individuals or companies.

Each Countryside Access Officer is required to record, manage, maintain and improve the rights of way network in their borough. Each also manages the Definitive Map, which highlights all the Rights of Way in their Borough. New paths can be claimed and added to the map by way of a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) and each Local Authority will hold a register of applications made.

Each Local Authority has produced a Rights of Way Improvement Plan and these are available to download via their web sites, which are given below.

On this site we have detailed those nature reserves in this area that are open every day. These can be found on the Nature Reserves list on the top of this page. Also listed are a small selection of the guided walks and countryside events that go on all year round across the Tees Valley.

If you believe we have ommitted a nature reserve, if you have photo to share, or a countryside event to promote, please let us know.

Outlined on this site are the links to each Local Authority that make up the Tees Valley Local Access Forum; Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton on Tees and Middlesbrough.

We have also included links to our neighbouring authorities; North York Moors, Redcar & Cleveland and Durham.

Defra and Natural England links can be found here.


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