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Public rights of way

Public rights of way - the basics

Important notice: A short section of the TPT is currently diverted east of where it crosses the A49 London Road due to a land slip on the bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The diversion is approx. 100m long and runs parallel to the usual route of the Trail. The closed section is fenced off and signs direct you to the diverted route on the approach. 


There are over 136 miles of public rights of way in Warrington, 128 miles of footpath and seven miles of bridleways and restricted byways.

A public right of way is a route recorded on the Definitive Map under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 (Legislation.gov.uk). There are routes in towns, villages and the countryside, though footpaths are not to be confused with footways i.e. pavements on the side of the road. Public rights of way are public footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic, and the council makes sure that they are signposted and the paths are waymarked.

Footpath

This is a highway, usually marked with a yellow arrow, where the public has a right of way on foot. You may take a pushchair, pram or wheelchair if practicable or walk a dog under close control. 

Bridleway

This is a highway that's open for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. There may also be a right to drive animals along a bridleway. These paths are often waymarked with a blue arrow.

Restricted byway

This is a highway open to walkers, horse riders, cyclists and  non motorised vehicles. There may also be a right to drive animals along a restricted byway. These are often waymarked with a plum coloured arrow.

Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT)

This is a highway open to walkers, horse riders, cyclists, non motorised vehicles and motor vehicles, however most of these highways do not have a surface suitable for ordinary motor traffic. These are often waymarked with an red arrow.