Whenever anyone is confronted with any of the vast array of possible faults and obstructions that occur every day on the footpath network, it is essential to be considerate, but at the same time to be aware of personal safety - especially as some problems are so serious that they are a matter for the police and should be reported immediately.
Fortunately the majority of the problems encountered are no more than an inconvenience and they can be dealt with by talking calmly to the landowner, and possibly reporting the problem to the appropriate highway authority.
Anybody can report a footpath problem and it is quite straightforward to do. If you want to find the contact details for the highway authority appropriate to a particular area then click on: Highway Authorities
Some problems on the footpath network are more persistent or more serious and they can now be dealt with by serving a s63 notice on the authority. Again, this can be done by anyone. The forms and the procedure to be used can be accessed from DEFRA's web site.
If you feel that you really cannot take direct action then you can let us know and we will investigate the problem. Report a fault to usWe are not able to accept fault reports by telephone.
You can also help highway authorities directly by monitoring the state of their paths for them:
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