What we do

We have produced a small downloadable brochure that describes CROWS, what it does and how it works. Download CROWS Booklet here.

Improving and maintaining footpaths and bridleways involves:

  • Cutting back vegetation that impede people using the route (this can be clearing undergrowth, lopping shrubs or pruning trees)
  • Improving drainage where the path has become muddy (by scraping off the mud, creating ditches and drains, or managing water courses)
  • Construction and repair of stiles and gates
  • Construction and repair of steps and boardwalks
  • Repair of stone walls
  • Construction and repair of bridges
  • Putting up waymarks

On a separate page you will find some before and after pictures of our work.

We also have a more detailed blog of photos and information about current activities

Legal framework for our work

There are some constraints to what we are allowed to do. The document below sets out the legalities of working on Rights of Way.


For further information, check out the FAQs on the website for Rights of Way Officers

Community Rights of Way Service – a poem

Who opened up these moors CROWS
Who cut holes in the wire CROWS
Who rebuilt these dry stone walls CROWS
Who built these stiles CROWS
Who hung all these new gates CROWS
Who built these new bridges CROWS
Who dug all these ditches CROWS
What tool do they use CROWBARS
Who shows the direction to go CROWS
Who pays for all of this?  Not sure Who pays towards some of this? CROWS
There is a need to CROW about it

Graham Ramsden