What is a public 'right of way?'

Walking with the family

A 'right of way' is a path that you have the legal right to use on foot. Some other paths allow other modes of transport. Please be aware of which you can use on foot, cycle and horse.

Public footpaths

Open only to walkers, prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs.


Public bridleways

Open to walkers, horse-riders and pedal cyclists. Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders.

Enjoy horse riding with us
Man on a horse, riding towards camera through heath-land
Enjoy horse riding with us

Restricted byways

Open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-motorised vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles).

Road cycling is a fantastic way to stay fit and enjoy the passing scenery
A lone road cyclist riding on a bright day
Road cycling is a fantastic way to stay fit and enjoy the passing scenery

Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs)

Open to all traffic ( may not be maintained to the same standard as normal road).

To find out more about rights of way, visit the Devon County Council.