Advice on using rights of way

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.

If you find a problem with any Public Rights of Way in Warwickshire, please tell us about it. You can report it online.


Walkers

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.

Information about way markers, which show the status of a route.

You are allowed to take a dog with you but must make sure that it keeps to the line of the path. Advice about dogs in the countryside.

For those of you who want more of a challenge see countryside publications for books and leaflets for walks of different lengths.

Cyclists

As a cyclist you can use public bridleways, cycleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.

Information about way markers, which show the status of a route.

You are not allowed to cycle on public footpaths without the landowners 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.

More useful information can be found at:

Cycling

Horse riders

As a horse rider you can ride or lead a horse on public bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.

Information about way markers, which show the status of a route.

You are not allowed to ride or lead a horse on public footpaths without the landowners permission.

The British Horse Society website provides useful advice for Horse Riders.

More useful information can be found at the following websites:

Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust

Drivers

If you are driving a horse-drawn vehicle, you can use restricted byways and byways open to all traffic. Mechanically propelled vehicles, eg 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; and the driver has a valid driving licence.

Information about way markers, which show the status of a route.

You are not allowed to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle on public footpaths, bridleways or restricted byways without the landowners permission.

Advice on using rights of way was last updated on June 20, 2017.


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