Definitions

We are often asked what rights exist on public rights of way. Here is a list of definitions which will help you.

Public footpaths are open to walkers only and are marked with a yellow arrow.

Public bridleways are open to cyclists (cyclists must give way to horse-riders), horse-riders and walkers, and are marked with a blue arrow.

Byways open to all traffic are open to walkers, cyclists, riders and motor vehicles, and are marked with a red arrow.

Restricted byways are open to walkers, horse-riders, cyclists and horse-drawn vehicles only.

This is a new category of Public Right of Way introduced by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

All routes which (immediately prior to the commencement of the relevant section of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act on 2 May 2006) were recorded as 'roads used as public paths' (or 'Rupp's') were changed to 'restricted byways'.

Roads used as public paths are now referred to as restricted byways - please see the information above.

Concessionary/Permissive paths are usually created by agreement with a landowner.

The rights may vary and are usually clearly indicated at the start of the route. There may be conditions attached to the use of these routes i.e. they may be closed at certain times of the year.

Greenway - please use this link for details about Greenways.