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How to Recognise a Public Right of Way

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The County Borough Council has a duty to sign all public rights of way from the metalled highway unless the Town or Community Council indicate that this is not necessary. However, owing to the length of the network and, in some instances, due to legal anomalies associated with the Definitive Map, not all Rights of Way are signposted.  The Council has, however, undertaken major signposting schemes in the past few years which means that a large percentage of the Public Rights of Way are now signposted. Furthermore it also tries to ensure that all popular recreational walks are signposted.


In addition to signposting, routes may also be waymarked. Waymarking is used in order to help people follow the route once they have left the surfaced road. There are many benefits of waymarking as it not only assists those who walk or ride a right of way but it also increases the users enjoyment and helps prevent unintentional trespass. Waymarking arrows are usually fixed or painted to objects such as stiles, gates and posts.

The colour of the arrow indicates the type of public right of way as follows:



Public footpaths - use on foot only. (Yellow waymark).



Bridleways - use on foot, horseback and pedal cycle. (Blue waymark).


Restricted Byway – use on foot, horseback, pedal cycles and by drivers of horse drawn carriages (Victoria Plum waymark)


Byways Open to All Traffic - use on foot, horseback, pedal cycle and by horse drawn and motor vehicles.  Don't expect a metalled surface though! (Red waymark).

Last Updated: 24/07/2015
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