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What is the legal minimum width of a shared Private garden

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What is the legal minimum for the width of a shared Private garden path in London? The path is leading down the side of a semi-detached property and through the first 1/2 of the garden to the second 1/2 of the garden. The path is clearly marked as shared in land registry documents, but no path width is indicated except for those that may be interpreted by measuring the dotted lines on the lang registry plans (but that means the path is too narrow to walk down). There is lots of Googleable information, e.g., but nothing that answers this concretely. rgds, h

The Highways Agency which is a Government body that builds and maintains footpaths has issued guidelines. The desirable width should be 2000mm . 1500 MM is acceptable where 2000mm cannot be achieved due to obstacles. 1000mm is the absolute minimum.

The guidelines of various local authorities who have responsibility for some paths in their area use the same formula.

The formula may not be legally binding but would be highly persuasive to a judge and there would have to be a very good reason why any path is less than that recommended minimum.

I hope this helps.

If there are any further points please reply I will be happy to respond

Best wishes


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Michael, thx for that, and to fully understand; you believe this would be the case for a back-garden type scenario, and not only for public paths for all persons to use (standard paths through parks etc). Rg henrik ps i dont know if i should rate you before/after this reply?

The situation for a private garden would mirror that of the guidelines but we need to remember , public or private, people are so wide. There has to be an element of common sense.


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