Without doubt the law relating to Rights of Way is complex but in 1983 a book was published which was a comprehensive guide to the whole subject. The current edition, the 4th, was published in 2007.
Rights of Way: A Guide to Law and Practice Paperback – 31 May 2007
John Riddall (Author), John Trevelyan (Author)
Affectionately know as the 'blue book', this definitive guide is written by two of the country's leading experts, and published by two of the leading organisations concerned with the protection of rights of way. The book analyses all the legislation affecting rights of way in England and Wales and explains the current legal lay of the land in contemporary and accessible terms. "The Blue Book" aims to state the law as at 1 October 2006, and is an essential work of reference for anyone whose work involves rights of way - either as a professional or as a volunteer and is also a fascinating book for those interested the historical and contemporary usage of the unique network of public paths in England and Wales. The fourth edition has been completely revised. In this edition, two new chapters: The Management of Rights of Way; and Legal Action Over Rights of Way have been included. These draw together material previously distributed between other chapters. Substantial portions of the text have been re-written, and throughout the book we have reflected the many other changes in legislation over the last five years. History of "The Blue Book": "Rights of Way: A Guide to Law and Practice" was first published in 1983, following the implementation of the major changes to legislation made by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It brought together in one publication material previously published separately by the RA and OSS, together with considerable additional new material, and proved popular with volunteers and professionals alike. A second edition followed in 1992, with a third edition in 2001 following the passage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.