Many of these footpaths are because they have been in use for 20 years so they have to be maintained as public footpaths.
- Public footpaths are open only to walkers (including strollers and wheelchairs but it is not guaranteed that the footpath will be suitable for them).
- Public bridleways are open to walkers, horse-riders and pedal cyclists. Although some are not suitable for pedestrians and can have have ford (river that runs through the path) that is not a problem for a horse to cross but a water will.
- Restricted byways are open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-mechanically propelled vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles).
- Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are open to all classes of traffic including motor vehicles, though they may not be maintained to the same standard as ordinary roads.
You are allowed to stop to rest, admire the views, consume refreshments as long as you stay on the path and do not block anyone else from using these.
For more information, please see the Rambles website.
All the Best!
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