Public Footpaths

Public Footpaths


footpath map

Many people enjoy walking the footpaths that cross the countryside, especially dog owners because the fields and woodland make it very enjoyable walking and exercising your pets.

There are a lot of public footpaths that cross over farmland around Etchingham, residents are very welcome to walk the routes at any time. However, walkers are reminded that they are only permitted to walk on the designated route of the footpath and are not permitted to enter any of the fields and land bordering the footpath.

You MUST NOT divert from the marked footpath route into the adjoining fields, this is particularly important if you have your dog with you, or there are animals in the field, animals can become very distressed if a dog enters their field.

Using Public Rights of Way

 You are allowed to walk your dog as long as it is under your close control. When walking a dog, you must ensure that it keeps to the public footpath and does not trespass into nearby properties.

  • Clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste responsibly.
  • Keep your dog to heel or on a lead if there is livestock around.

Respect other people:

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available.

Protect the natural environment:

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.
  • Keep dogs under effective control.
  • Do not disturb or harm any wildlife found on the right of way.

Enjoy the outdoors:

  • Plan ahead and be prepared.
  • Follow advice and local signs.
  • Do not trespass on neighbouring land,keep to the legal path at all times.

At all times follow The Countryside Code

This map shows the official routes of the footpaths around Etchingham (the purple lines)

footpath map

You can view the map in full size and zoom in on areas on the Rights of Way section of the ESCC website

CLICK HERE to access the ESCC Rights of Way page.

Download village walk maps.

The Countryside Code

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 – PDF


photo of footpath direction signs