Types of rights of way
This is a highway where you have a right of way if you’re walking. You can also take a pushchair, pram or wheelchair, or walk your dog – as long as you keep the dog under close control. This is a different type of footpath than a normal pavement along the side of the road.
Footpaths are usually marked with a yellow arrow.
This is a highway that can be used if you’re walking, riding a horse or riding a bicycle. You may also be able to drive animals along a bridleway.
Bridleways are usually marked with a blue arrow.
This is a highway that you can use if you’re walking, riding a horse, riding a bicycle or using a non-motorised vehicle. You may also be able to drive animals along a restricted byway.
Restricted byways are usually marked with a plum coloured arrow.
Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT)
This is a highway open to everyone – whether you’re walking, riding a horse, riding a bicycle, using a non-motorised vehicle or using a motorised vehicle. However, most BOATs aren’t suitable for ordinary motor traffic.
BOATs are usually marked with a red arrow.
Report a problem with a right of way
If a right of way is blocked or if there’s a problem with the direction signs please let us know.
You'll need to tell us where the problem is (in as much detail as possible) and what the problem is, eg unauthorised fences/gates or other obstructions.