Shropshire Council

Temporary closures of public rights of way

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows for the temporary closure of a Public Right of Way on the grounds of public safety to enable the applicant to carry out works.  Following application, an order is made and advertised to close a route for a specified period, initially for up to six months (although this may be extended). Where possible an alternative route is identified for users and described in the notice erected at either end of the closed route.

To make an application for a temporary closure read the guidance note PGN 21 and download the application form - links available to both documents in the related information section on this page.

The following is a list of current temporary closures:

Footpath 23 Ludford & FP 7 Ludlow

Running from the A4117 Rocks Green at GR SO 5261 7579 in a general south easterly then south westerly direction through the Henley Grange development to GR SO 5249 7537 then descending steps to the A49. Crossing the highway, the footpath ascends steps then runs in a general south westerly direction to Cold Weston Drive at GR SO 5242 7529.

The order will come into operation on 12 December 2022 until the 12 June 2023 and is required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public due to the steps leading off the A49 being in poor repair and work being required.

There is no alternative route available.

Footpath 14 (part) Melverley

From grid reference SJ 3197 1747 along the River in a generally south-easterly direction to grid reference SJ 3246 1700.

The Order will continue to be in operation from 11 August 2022 until 11 August 2023 and is still required so that works to rebuild and strengthen existing flood defences can be carried out.

There is an alternative route available for use on foot using the Right of Way Network and a small section of Gooserun Lane.

Bridleway 9 (part) Market Drayton

Leaving Greenfields Lane at SJ 6659 3474 running in a general north westerly direction to SJ 6648 3479.

The Order will come into operation on 18 November 2022 until 18 May 2023, in the first instance and is required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public during works being undertaken on the development.

There is an alternative available.

Footpaths 68 (part), UN1 (part), 74 (part) & 71 (part) Shrewsbury. Land south of STFC, Oteley Road

The Order will continue to be in operation until 30 November 2024 and is required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public during works being undertaken on the development in this area.

There are alternative routes available using the adjacent Rights of Way network.

Footpath 38, Whitchurch 

Where it leaves Alport Road, at GR SJ 5451 4208 running easterly between houses then ENE across a field and continuing as Footpath 40 generally NNE across a field to a footbridge at GR SJ 5482 4219 and  Footpath 39 from GR SJ 54674199 running north easterly for approximately 115 metres across a field to its junction with Footpaths 38 and 40 at GR SJ 5474 4207

The Order will come into operation on 3 September 2018 and is required in the interests of public safety during housing development works. The closure has been extended until November 2023.

An alternative route to continue on the footpaths network either northerly or easterly is by continuing northerly along Alport Road for approximately 370 metres to access Footpath 41 on the right which runs to Black Park Road.

FP 59 Bayston Hill – Rail Crossing

That part of Footpath 59, Bayston Hill from GR SJ4898 0953 running generally north easterly for approximately 100 metres crossing the railway line to GR SJ 4907 0958 has been extended until 7 May 2023, on the grounds of public safety because of the likelihood of danger to the public where the path crosses the railway line following a recent Risk Assessment. An alternative route is available utilising a bridge crossing the railway line between the same grid references slightly to the south of the definitive line of the footpath.

FP 45,46 & 47 Whitchurch - Mile Bank Road

Footpath 46 in Whitchurch where it leaves Mile Bank Road at SJ 5522 4309 and enters a former dairy factory site running south easterly for 75 metres to SJ 5526 4303 to meet FP 45 which continues south westerly for 430 metres to SJ 5516 4263 at junction with FP 50. Also, FP 47 which leaves FP 45 to run north easterly for 250 metres to the junction with BW 51 and FP 48 at SJ 5546 3419 will continue in force until the 30 October 2024 or until the completion of the works, on the grounds of public safety due the development of the site. An alternative route is available off Mile Bank Road at SJ 5538 4327 using BW 51 & FP 50 just south of the site.

BW 54 & BW UN3 Little Ness/Baschurch 

BW 54 from Bunny Lane at Adcote (GR SJ 4224 1953) running in a general north easterly direction past Adcote Mill, crossing the River Perry (GR SJ 4228 1958) and BW UN3 leaving BW 54 before the River Perry then in a general south east, north east then south easterly direction to GR SJ 4260 1968.

The Order will continue to be in operation until 30 June 2024 or until works is completed whichever is earliest on the grounds of public safety due to repair works being required on the riverbank and bridge to be installed.

FP 54 can be walked up to the River Perry but not as a through route to Bunny Lane.

Footpath 14 Berrington

From GR 52840689 running in a general north westerly direction to GR 52560734.

The Order will come into operation on 4 September 2021 until 4 March 2023 and is required on the grounds of public safety due to a sink hole opening up at the southern end of the route.

There is no alternative route available. 

Byway open to all traffic 29 (part) Alveley

At Turley Green from Grid Reference SO 7641 8582 running for approximately 510 metres between Gortons Dingle and a lake generally westerly then southerly between fields to SO 7611 8552 where it joins the County Road.

The Order will come into operation on 4 September 2021 until 4 September 2023 and is required to prevent further damage to the surface of the route which is in a dangerous state.

An alternative route will be available travelling along County Roads in the vicinity of the Byway.

Bridleway 3, Bridleway UN3 & Restricted Byway UN1, Ludford and Ashford Carbonel

From where Bridleway 3 leaves Steventon Road at Grid Reference SO 5225 7334 travelling in a generally southerly direction to meet Bridleway UN3 and cross the rail crossing before joining Restricted Byway UN1 at Grid Reference SO 5172 7198 continuing along the Restricted Byway to meet the County Road at Grid Reference SO 5222 7115.

The Order will continue in force until 15 October 2024 and is required on the grounds of public safety so that repair works at the rail crossing can be carried out.

There is no alternative route available, however access will be maintained on foot along the Footpath adjacent to Restricted Byway UN1 between the County Road and Saltmoor Coppice.

Footpath 5/5Y Sheriffhales

From where Footpath 5Y leaves the A41 at grid reference SJ 7786 1352 travelling in a westerly direction along Footpath 5 to end at Damson Lane grid reference SJ 7753 1349.

The Order will continue to be in force until 25 May 2024 and is still required on the grounds of public safety due to damage to the building adjacent to the routes.

There is no safe alternative route available.

Footpath 34 (part) Weston Rhyn

At Pentre Wood grid reference SJ 2728 3709 travelling through the woods along the River Ceiriog before heading in a south westerly direction to meet the road in Bronygarth at grid reference SJ 2678 3700.

The order will continue to be in force until the 4 August 2024 and is still required on the grounds of public safety as the footpath has been eroded into the River resulting in works being needed.

There is an alternative route available through Pentre Wood.

Footpath 43 (part) Worfield

From grid reference SO 7386 9556 running in a south westerly direction over Rindleford Bridge to SO 7373 9551.

The Order will continue to be in operation from 1 January 2022 to 1 January 2024 and is required so that maintenance works on the bridge can take place.

Access can still be maintained using the surrounding Rights of Way and Road Networks.

Part of Footpath 50 Wistanstow

Where it crosses the railway between Wistanstow and Craven Arms (from grid reference SO 4301 8389 to SO 4303 8389).

This extension was granted by the Secretary of State allowing the legal Order to continue to be in force from 21 January 2023 until 21 July 2023 or until works are completed whichever is earlier and is needed on the grounds of public safety while maintenance and repair works are carried out.

An alternative crossing of the railway to the south of the footpath is from Long Lane over the level crossing at Newington to join a Bridleway which links to FP 50 to the east side of the A49 and vice versa.

FP 102A Cardington at Gretton Mill

Which leaves Gilberries Lane at GR SO5131 2945 running in a westerly direction through the property known as Gretton Mill, over the footbridge to terminate on the western side of the bridge at its junction with FP 108 at GR SO 5121 9452.

The Order will continue to be in operation from 26 February 2022 until 25 August 2023 or until completion of the works, whichever is earliest and is still required on the grounds of public safety due to the footbridge being unsafe.

There is no alternative route available and no outlet onto Gilberries Lane at Gretton Mill.

Footpath 7 Bicton & FP 8 Shrewsbury 

Off Welshpool Road at GR SJ 4522 1342 with FP 7 running in a general north westerly direction to join FP 9 at The Cottage and FP 8Y running in a general NNE direction to Shepherds Lane.

The Order will continue to be in operation from 21 July 2022 until the 21 January 2024 and is still required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential risk to the public during works being undertaken on the development.

FP 42 Worthen With Shelve- Beechfield Farm

Leaving GR SO 3047 0556 running in a general northwest direction to GR 3032 0570.

The Order will continue to be in force from 18 September 2022 until the 17 March 2024 and is still required on the grounds of public safety during works being undertaken at the property.

There is an alternative available.

FP 9 Bicton

Leaving Shepherds Lane at Pool View (SJ 4531 1384) running in a general westerly direction to Calcott Lane at The Cottage (SJ 4498 1382).

The Order will continue to be in force until 4 August 2024 and is still required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public during works being undertaken on the development.

FP 30 (part) Market Drayton (Butts Road)

Leaving GR SJ 6682 3400 running in a general NNW direction to GR 6679 3403.

The Order will come into operation on 25 August 2022 until 25 February 2023 (in the first instance) and is required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public during works being undertaken on the development.

There is an alternative available.

Footpath 59 Church Stretton over Caer Caradoc

From grid reference SO 4766 9513 (junction with FP 60 & FP 61), past the hill fort and over Caer Cardoc Hill to SO 4799 9583 (junction with FP 39), a length of approximately 785 metres.

The Order will continue to be in operation from the 10 December 2022 until 10 June 2023 or until the works are completed, whichever is soonest and is required so that work can be undertaken on the hill fort rampart.

There is an alternative route available via an adjacent footpath that connects to the surrounding Rights of Way Network. 

FP 33 Shrewsbury (Mountfields)

Which runs from its junction with Mount Street at SJ 4876 1312 running in a general north easterly direction to steps at the bottom of Hunter Street at SJ 4881 1317.

It is intended that the proposed restriction will come into force on the 1 December 2022 and be in place for a 21 day period following emergency implementation.

A further temporary closure order will be made from the 21 December 2022 until 21 June 2023 (in the first instance) to allow for works to be undertaken on the footpath.

There an alternative available using the road network.


For further information please contact the Rights of Way Mapping and Enforcement Team or Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006.