When visiting the countryside, prepare for your visit by taking suitable clothing for the unpredictable weather conditions, and making sure you wear strong footwear. It is always best to let someone know where you are going, and what time you should be back.
Remember to always respect the countryside and follow the Countryside Code.
As a walker, you are able to use all types of public rights of way – public footpaths, public bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.
You are allowed to take a dog with you but must make sure that it keeps to the line of the path.
As a cyclist, you can use public bridleways, cycleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.
You are not allowed to cycle on public footpaths without the landowner's permission.
When cycling in the countryside always:
- wear bright clothing and a helmet
- be aware and be alert
- it is safest to ride in single file
- signalling clearly lets others know your intentions
- carry a puncture repair kit
- check your brakes, wheels and tyres.
As a horse rider, you can ride or lead a horse on public bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.
You are not allowed to ride or lead a horse on public footpaths without the landowner's permission.
The British Horse Society - useful advice for Horse Riders.
More useful information can be found at the following websites:
If you are driving a horse-drawn vehicle, you can use restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.
Mechanically propelled vehicles, for example, motorbikes, quad bikes and 4x4s, can only use byways open to all traffic (and of course the ordinary road network) if the vehicle is road legal i.e taxed, MOT’d (if applicable) and insured. The driver must have a valid driving licence.
You are not allowed to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle on public footpaths, bridleways or restricted byways without the landowner's permission.
You can find more information about waymarkers on the following link:
Report a problem about a public right of way
If you find a problem with any public right of way in Warwickshire, please tell us about it. You can report the problem at the following link: