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What is an Obstruction?

An obstruction is anything which prevents the convenient use of a right of way or which prevents the public from having free access over the whole of the highway – unless it is purely temporary.

Obstructions can be man-made or entirely natural, and need not obstruct the entire path. It is ultimately up to the courts to decide whether a right of way is obstructed, but common examples of obstructions include:

If the surfacing of a right of way has fallen into disrepair, or the way has become overgrown, it is not normally considered obstructed but in need of maintenance.