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What is a Public Right of Way?

A public right of way is a highway which can be used by anybody at any time to make a bona fide journey, taking a reasonable rest along the way. The classification of a right of way is determined by the nature of the public rights along them.

There are 4 types of rights of way:

Footpath – footpaths can be used only by walkers, although you are permitted to take a pram, pushchair or wheel chair. These are signed with a yellow waymarker.

Bridleway – a bridleway can be used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. These are signed with a blue waymarker.

Byways Open to All Traffic – Byways (or BOATs) are available for use by walkers, horse riders, cyclists, horse drawn carts and vehicles. These are signed with a red waymarker.

Restricted Byway – A restricted bridleway can be used by walkers, horse riders, cyclists and non-mechanically propelled vehicles (such as horse drawn carriages).

ID: 2220, revised 24/01/2018