Ceredigion County Council has produced a Rights of Way Improvement Plan has which has set out its vision for the public path network over the next 10 years.

The requirement to produce the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) arises from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

The network of public paths in Ceredigion – which total some 2500km in length – provides one of the main means by which people can access and enjoy the countryside. Rights of way are an essential part of the rural tourism product in Ceredigion and they also have a key role to play in health and well-being. At the same time the rights of way network is part of the local travel infrastructure, providing paths from people's homes to local facilities and places of work.

Rights of Way Improvement Plans are the prime means by which local authorities will identify, prioritise and plan for improvements to their local rights of way network – and in doing so make better provision for walkers, cyclists, equestrians and people with mobility problems. The Plan also takes account of the significant amount of new access land that has become available in Wales under the CROW Act.

Ceredigion County Council is currently embarking on its first decennial review of its Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

The requirement to produce the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) arose from the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 and with it a duty to review plans on a 10 year basis.

ROWIP’s are the prime means by which local authorities identify, prioritise and plan for improvements to their local rights of way network – and in doing so make better provision for walkers, cyclists, equestrians, carriage drivers, off road motorists and people with mobility problems. The Plan also takes account of the significant amount of access land that was made available in Wales under the CROW Act.