Your right to walk

Advice on your legal right to walk on public rights of way and open access land in England and Wales and access rights in Scotland, as well as helpful guidance when out walking in Britain and what to do if you come across a problem.

Things every walker should know about rights of way

Shropshire Way footpath sign

Do you know who's responsible for maintaining rights of way or how many miles of rights of way there are in England? Find out the answers.

Know your signs

Public footpath sign

Find out how to tell a footpath from a bridleway, a National Trail acorn from other long-distance path symbols and more.

Types of paths in England and Wales

Footpath sign

Find out what constitutes a right of way in England and Wales and the different types of paths that exist.

Your right to roam

Hill walk

Find out what is meant by a right to roam and the difference between access rights in England and Wales and those in Scotland.

Am I trespassing?

Private sign

Find out what trespassing means when walking in England and Wales.

Wild camping

Wild camping

Find out about 'wild camping' away from campsites and what your responsibilities are as a countryside user.

Countryside Code for the public

Countryside walking

How the Countryside Code applies to walkers and other countryside users.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code for walkers

Above the clouds on Beinn Ghlas

Find out about how the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies to walkers.

Countryside Code for land managers

Countryside path

How the Countryside Code applies to land managers.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code for land managers

Access sign Corrour

Find out how the Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies to land managers.

Highway Code for walkers

Walkers on a road

Advice for walkers when walking on roads, including what to do when there is no pavement.

Report a path or access problem

Use our online form to report any problems you encounter while out walking.

Get expert advice

Detailed advice on rights of way and access issues and more from our experts.

Protecting and expanding places people love to walk

Find out more about our work to safeguard and extend the places we walk in Britain.

Footpath signs

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