Naturenet: Categories of Rights of Way shown on the Definitive Map

Categories of Rights of Way
shown on the Definitive Map

WalkingPublic rights of way are shown on definitive mapsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet in four categories:

1. If a way is shown as a footpath, then that is conclusive evidence that the public had a right of way on foot at the relevant datePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet;
2. If a way is shown as a bridleway, then that is conclusive evidence that the public had a right of way on foot, on horseback and leading a horse at the relevant datePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet;
3. If a way is shown as a road used as a public path (RUPP), then that is conclusive evidence that the public had a right of way on foot, on horseback and leading a horse at the relevant datePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet;
4. If a way is shown as a byway open to all traffic, then that is conclusive evidence that the public had a right of way on foot, on horseback and in or on vehicles, including motor vehicles and pedal cycles, at the relevant datePages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet. Before a way can be shown as a byway, its use by the public must be shown to be mainly on foot or on horseback - the definitive mapPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet is not intended to be a map of all of the roads you can drive along.

By virtue of section 30 of the Countryside Act 1968, riders of pedal cycles also have a right to use ways shown as bridleways and roads used as public paths.

The public may have rights additional to those shown on definitive mapsPages marked with this symbol are exclusively written for Naturenet but as yet unrecorded. This applies particularly in the case of ways shown as roads used as public paths, which are, in consequence, being reclassified to clarify the rights that the public have.