About public rights of way

A public right of way is a route which the public has a legal right to use. They can be broken down into 4 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 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

Public right of way map

You can find rights of way using our online map.

Once you have opened the map, simply zoom in to view public rights of way in the borough.

View the public rights of way map

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. 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 that 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 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 GOV.UK - rights of way and accessing land.

Report a problem

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

Report a problem with a public right of way

This form should not be used to report problems with highways or pavements. Please use the report potholes and other road damage form instead.

Report potholes and other road damage

Landowner responsibilities

As the owner or occupier of land with a public right of way across it, you must keep the route visible and not obstruct or endanger users.

See guidance about landowner responsibilities on GOV.UK.

Contact information

Parks and Countryside

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