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Don't Lose Your Rights of Way

At the end of 2025 all rights to use most routes that are not on the official map of rights of way or list of roads maintained by the county council will be lost. The owner will be able block the route (for example if they want to build houses on the site).

 So a group of us from the Open Spaces Society, Mid Sussex Bridleways Group, Ramblers Association and other concerned organisations have started trying to get these routes put on the official map of rights of way in Sussex.

 Sometimes these routes have been out of use for many years and we need to do historical research.  But often the routes at risk of closure have been in regular use by lots of people up to the present day. You may be surprised by many of the routes at risk.

 In this case we need evidence to show that people have used the route for the at least the last 20 years as of right – without having a lease or legal agreement, or the special permission of the landowner.

 Obviously it is harder to get evidence for the earlier part of this period, so if you used a route in the 1990s this is particularly important information, but we welcome evidence for any period up to the present day.

 Below you will find details of the routes currently being researched.  In each case you will find basic details plus and evidence form for you to print off, fill in and return to us. If more than one person in your household has used the route please print off and return a form for each person.

 Some of the questions may seem a bit odd.  This is because we need to meet some complicated legal conditions.  Please answer all the questions honestly, but it is ok to say “I can’t remember” or “I don’t know”.

 Please send it to “Don’t Lose Your Way”, 12 Cleve Terrace, Lewes, BN7 1JJ.  There may also be a different address on the bottom of the form and you can send to that address as well if you prefer.  You can also print the form, sign it, scan it and email the scan to

Updates will be posted here, but this is a slow process



Clevedown, Brighton Road

This route has been used as a short-cut by Winterbourne Residents and others ever since the flats on the site were developed in the 1970s.

Most people used the route to get to the bus stop and for other reasons.  It is one of the few routes for pedestrians from the eastern part of Winterbourne to the Brighton Road.

In November 2016 the owners of the site erected a private sign perhaps as a prelude to stopping people using the site as a through route, so we need to claim it as a right of way. 

You can find details and an evidence form here




Lewes- Blocked bridleway at the Old Racecourse


In June 2016 the owner of land at the old racecourse blocked off a route that has been in use for many years, confining users to a small strip which will get very mashed up in winter.

A lot of people got very annoyed about this, so we are making claims to re-open the route.

You will find the full details and an evidence for to fill in here



Lewes- Love Lane, Winterbourne to Hope in the Valley

For some reason the western end of this bridleway, past the allotments, is not a right of way.  It is one of the most attractive routes in Lewes Town and it would be sad if it were lost because the Highways Agency suddenly decided that it wanted to close the route for some reason.

More details and an evidence form are here

Lewes - Cut through between Love Lane and Glebe Close in the Winterbourne- Now to be added to the map of rights of way. No more evidence needed

It starts near Glebe Close and joins Love Lane just by the railway bridge.  But it could be closed tomorrow if the owners (who we think are Network Rail) decided to close it to expand the embankment or for some other reason. It would be a long way round from Love Lane to Glebe Close if this happened!

The owners (Network Rail) have now agreed to dedicate a bridleway along this route so it will be on the map of rights of way soon.