Public rights of way - information and advice

What is a public right of way (PRoW)?

A public right of way is a route which the public has a legal right to use. They can be broken down into four categories, each with different legal status:

  • footpaths - may be used by people on foot 
  • bridleways - may be used for walking, riding or leading a horse, or pedal cycling - cyclists must give way to pedestrians and riders 
  • restricted byways - can be used by pedestrians, horse-riders, cyclists and horse-drawn carts and carriages 
  • byways - can be used by wheeled vehicles of any kind, but predominantly used for walking or for riding horses

Other routes

A green lane

This is an unsurfaced track usually bounded by hedges and often established a long time ago. The term has no legal meaning and if there is a public right of way along such a track, it will be classified under one of the above headings 

Permitted paths

These are not highways; they are routes which landowners allow the public to use, sometimes for a set period of time. They can be closed at any time but often form valuable links in the path network. The borough council encourages these (although not as alternatives to recorded public rights of way) and can provide advice and signs to those wishing to establish such paths.

For further information about types of rights of way please refer to the GOV.UK website.

How can I report a problem with a PRoW?

If you have encountered a problem while using a public right of way in Bracknell Forest, let us know via our enquiry form and our team will investigate the issue.

This form should not be used to report problems with highways or pavements. Please use our enquiry form in the Contacts section to notify us of any other problems.

Maps of public rights of way

For all maps of public rights of way please go to our Definitive Map and Statement page.

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