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Rights of Way Improvement Plan

The National Park Authority is responsible for the management of 1,040 km of public riwalkers on the coast pathghts of way (public footpaths and bridleways) within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The Park Authority has prioritised the improvement of public rights of way, as they represent the best way to explore and enjoy the coast and countryside.

A copy of the Plan is available to download from the Pembrokeshire County Council website

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan, commonly abbreviated to ROWIP, is intended to become the prime means by which local authorities identify, prioritise and plan strategically for improvements to their local rights of way network over a ten year period. The ROWIP aims to improve the network of public paths to meet the current and future needs of walkers, cyclists, horse riders and disabled people.

Local authorities have a statutory obligation to prepare a ROWIP, which was introduced by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 and the National Park Authority has prepared the ROWIP jointly with Pembrokeshire County Council. The ROWIP was finalised in July 2008 following four years of research and public consultation to develop the action plans and key objectives for the strategic improvement of public rights of way.

The ROWIP is composed of two main elements; the Assessment and a Statement of Action for the management and improvement of public rights of way. The Assessment demonstrated that people want a network of country paths that are signposted, easy to use and well maintained. The demand for more information on countryside access opportunities was also evident. The ROWIP has therefore been prepared in order to meet these aspirations. The Plan recognises the need to continue to maintain the path network and to seek to improve the choice of access opportunities it affords.

The National park Authority prepares annual programmes to implement the action plans set out in the ROWIP and these are used to bid for funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.