Landowner opportunity: FREE GATES to replace stiles on footpaths

Removing barriers to access in a nationally-important landscape…

a gate leading into a field

  • Do you own land in East Sussex or Kent which is also in the High Weald AONB?
  • Do you have public rights of way on your land?
  • Do you have stiles on these rights of way?
  • Are you interested in improving accessibility?

If so, we have an offer for you…

The public rights of way team of your local County Council can currently supply and deliver FREE, galvanized metal pedestrian gates to replace existing stiles.

As the landowner, all you need to do is:

  • Sign a simple (one page) agreement with the relevant county rights of way team
  • Undertake correct installation of the gate following the instructions provided
  • Keep it well maintained.

It really is that simple!

This is a great opportunity to make rights of way on your land more accessible for people who find stiles difficult to use. Gates also have a reduced maintenance liability compared to a stile. Removing stiles will enhance people’s ability to access and enjoy the beautiful, farmed landscape of the High Weald.

Interested? Please contact:

Rights of Way & Countryside Team,
East Sussex County Council
West B, County Hall, Lewes, BN7 1UE
Telephone: 0345 6080193


Public Rights of Way and Access Service,
Kent County Council
Worrall House, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AE
Telephone: 03000 417171

About this project

This project is led by the High Weald AONB Partnership with support from the Government’s Access for All programme.

To find out more about how you can improve access on your land, please contact Simon Fathers, our Access and Recreation Officer, on 01424 723011 or email to discuss ways in which we may be able to help.

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