Most footpaths and bridleways are maintainable by the relevant highway authorities at public expense. The general principle of dedication and adoption is consistent with the transfer of responsibility from the private landowner to the public at large. This does not, however, always mean that no other party has a duty to maintain a highway. In exceptional cases an individual may remain liable for maintenance. These cases (which are beyond the scope of this title), may arise by reason of tenure, enclosure, prescription or special enactments and by the workings of the first legislation on this subject1
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