Frensham is fortunate in having an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and byways providing public access to our countryside. While these are marked on the relevant Ordnance Survey maps (Nos 145 and and 133 in the 1:25,000 Explorer Series cover the Parish) a greater level of detail is available from the larger scale (1:10,000) Definitive Maps maintained by Surrey County Council.
The Definitive Maps together with a descriptive Definitive Statement constitute the legal record of the position and status of these rights of way. Copies of these are held in the Parish Office and may be inspected on request (Tel: 01252 793002 – Wed and Thu only, or email the Parish Clerk).
The Parish Council aims to help ensure that the network of public rights of way in the Parish is maintained to a satisfactory standard for the safe use and enjoyment of the public. Surrey County Council is, however, responsible for the management and maintenance of this network. Where any issues arise with rights of way (for example obstruction of footpaths or bridleways, collapsing stiles etc) SCC will, if notified, either take action itself or request the relevant landowner to do so. It is not always recognised that landowners (even by some landowners themselves) are responsible for the maintenance of public rights-of-way across their own land.
SCC also receive supporting action from voluntary groups such as the Ramblers Association, who are active in monitoring the rights of way network and who are authorized to carry out maintenance work on behalf of SCC. For further information about the activities of the Farnham and District Ramblers Group, see their website www.farnhamramblers.org.uk.