Rights Of Way


Legally Defined Routes.

Rights of Way are a form of highway and each has a reference number. They are protected by law and recorded on the definitive Map and an accompanying Statement by the Council. You can see a copy at the Civic Centre and other Borough libraries.

Public Footpath (FP).

A right of way for the public on foot only. You can not ride or lead a horse on a footpath.

Waymark – Yellow arrow on a green background. 

Public Bridleway (BR).

A right of way for the public on horseback, foot and bicycle and possibly a right to drive animals.

Waymark -Blue arrow on a yellow background.

Byway open to all traffic -BOAT (BY).

A highway over which the public have rights of way for all purposes but which is used mainly as a footpath and bridleway.

Waymark -Red arrow on a white background

Restricted Byways.

On 2 May 2006 the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 reclassified all remaining Roads Used as Public Paths as restricted byways. The public’s rights along a restricted byway are to travel, on foot, on horseback or leading a horse, and
by vehicle other than mechanically propelled vehicles (thus permitting e.g. bicycles, horse-drawn carriages, to travel along restricted byways), except in certain circumstances.

Waymark – Plum arrow.

Permissive Route.

They are not highways but are private defined routes made available to the public or specified groups by permission of the landowner. There may be specific restrictions in place regarding their use. These routes may be closed at any time. The landowner is responsible for the permissive routes running across their land.

Permit Ride.

To ride on some permissive routes a permit is needed.


Access elsewhere is only with the permission of the landowner. Land set-Aside from agricultural production does not entitle access onto such land by a member of the public.

It is not acceptable to ride across any fields or land without the direct and current personal permission of the landowner. It is exceptional for this to be granted and usually only after harvest or for organised events. Where local permissive and permit rides exist they refer to specific Headlands- (the name given to the edge of a field). Breaking this rule and straying from the headlands is one of the main reasons landowners close access to their land. Doing this gives all riders a bad name, and restricts safe riding for all and we respectfully ask that all members of Bbag observe this important rule.