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What is a right of way?

A right of way is a path that anyone has the legal right to use on foot, and sometimes using other modes of transport. 

  • Public footpaths are open only to walkers 
  • Public bridleways are open to walkers, horse-riders and pedal cyclists 
  • Restricted byways are open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-motorised vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles) 
  • Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are open to all classes of traffic including motor vehicles, though they may not be maintained to the same standard as ordinary roads 

For more information on the different types of paths there are you can see our page on the subject here 

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