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Rights of Way

You can walk on all public rights of way. Some are also open to horse riders, cyclists or motorists.  Rights of Way are managed by the County Council.  Below is an extract from the NCC website providing more detail about Rights of Way.

Your rights

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave people more freedom to walk on open countryside. This applies to open access land, which has been opened to the public for walking. 

On a right of way you can:

  • walk dogs on a lead or under close control
  • take a pushchair or wheelchair, although this can be difficult if the surface is uneven or muddy
  • take a short route around an illegal obstruction (e.g. fences or crops) or move it to get past.

Types of path

There are four types of path and you can use different paths for different activities. They are signposted from the roadside, with markers along the route. You should always keep to the marked route.

Way Marker Type Users

Yellow Arrow

Footpath

Walkers

Blue Arrow

Bridleway

Walkers, horse riders and cyclists

Burgundy Arrow

Restricted Byway

Walkers, horse riders, cyclists and horse and cart users 

Red Arrow

Byway

Walkers, horse riders, cyclists car users, motorcyclists and and horse and cart users