Public Rights of Way

Public Rights of Way

In England and Wales, public rights of way are paths on which the public have a legally protected right to pass and re-pass. The law in England and Wales differs from that in Scotland in that rights of way only exist where they are so designated (or are able to be designated if not already) whereas in Scotland any route that meets certain conditions is defined as a right of way, and in addition there is a general presumption of access to the countryside. Private rights of way or easements also exist.

Central Bedfordshire Council has a very informative page on their website which can be accessed by clicking HERE

The Central Bedfordshire public rights of way network can be viewed by using their online mapping system. This is not a copy of the Definitive Map and should be used for reference purposes only. To access online mapping click HERE. The rights of way information will appear as you zoom into the map. Public Footpaths are indicated by a pink line, Public Bridleways by a green line and BOATs by a brown line. If you want to know the relevant path number you will have to tick the ROW legal labels box in the menu on the left hand side.


Ordnance Survey
You can find rights of way in your area by looking at Ordnance Survey (OS) maps. The most useful OS maps are 1:25,000 scale – these show all public rights of way and permissive paths in green. The 1:50,000 OS maps show public rights of way in red. The OS website has downloadable guides to map symbols and can be found by clicking HERE