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.