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WHAT IS A RIGHT OF WAY?

It is a path that has been historically used as a highway (by foot, horse, or vehicle). Many have never been recorded on the definitive map.

WHAT IS A DEFINITIVE FOOTPATH?

A path on which rights exist for use on foot and which has been put on the 'Definitive Map' held by the County Council.

WHAT IS A DEFINITIVE BRIDLEWAY?

A path on which rights exist on horse and on foot and which has been put on the 'Definitive Map' held by the County Council. Rights of way on the Definitive Map are (in theory) directly protected by law. Pedal Cyclists also have a right to use Bridleways providing there there is no bylaw prohibiting such use.

WHAT IS A DEFINITIVE BYWAY?

A path on which rights exist on horse and on foot and by motor vehicle and which has been put on the 'Definitive Map' held by the County Council. directly protected by law.

UNRECORDED RIGHTS OF WAY:

Quote from the Countryside Agency Booklet
"Guide to Definitive Maps"

"If path is shown on the definitive map then that is legal evidence that the public has those rights along a way"

"The reverse is not true, so the showing of a way as a footpath does not prove for example that there are not additional unrecorded rights for horse riders to use the way. Nor is the fact that a way is not shown proof that the public does not have rights over it."