Know your signs

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Here are some common signs you're likely to come across while out walking and what they mean:

Footpath

Yellow arrow with image of a person walking and mobility scooter

You have the right to walk and take a mobility scooter on these paths. They are marked along the route with a yellow arrow, and on an OS map with a green or a pink short-dashed line.  

Bridleway

A light blue arrow with images of a person walking, mobility scooter, horse rider and bicycle

You have the right to walk, take a mobility scooter, ride a horse or cycle on these paths. They are marked along the route with a blue arrow, and on an OS map with a green or a pink long-dashed line. 

Restricted byway

A red arrow with image of a person walking, mobility scooter, horse rider, cyclist, horse and carriage

You have the right to walk, take a mobility scooter, ride a horse, cycle or travel in a horse-drawn vehicle on these paths. They are marked along the route with a plum-coloured arrow, and on an OS map with a green or a pink dotted and dashed line.

Byway open to all traffic (BOAT)

A light red arrow with image of a person walking, mobility scooter, horse rider, cyclist, horse and carriage, motorcycle and car

You have the right to walk, take a mobility scooter, ride a horse, cycle on these paths as well as travel in a horse-drawn vehicle or drive a motor vehicle.  They are marked along the route with a red arrow, and on an OS map with a green or pink line made up of crosses. 

National Trail acornNational Trails

Identifies 15 long distance routes in England and Wales. All are open for walking and some trails are also suitable for cyclists, horse-riders and people with limited mobility. Find out more about National Trails.

Scotland's Great TrailsScotland's Great Trails

Identifies 26 long distance routes in Scotland. With the exception of the Great Glen Canoe Trail, all are open for walking and some trails are also suitable for cyclists, horse-riders and people with limited mobility. Find out more about Scotland's Great Trails.

Open accessOpen Access land

Just over a million hectares of mountain, moorland, heathland, down land, common land and public-owned woodland in England and Wales is available to people to walk, run, explore, climb and watch wildlife, without having to stay on paths. Visit the Natural England website for maps and any current restrictions in place.

End of area-wide accessNegative access symbol

May be used to mark the end of area-wide access although other access rights may exist, for example public rights of way.

Home ZoneHome Zones

Home Zones – where roads and streets have been physically altered into more community-friendly spaces – give equal priority to drivers and people on foot or on bikes, with traffic-calming measures, very low traffic speeds and clear signs to alert and remind drivers to act with greater care.

Quiet LaneQuiet Lanes

Local authorities can designate roads as Quiet Lanes to make them safer and more attractive to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Quiet lanes are usually minor rural roads connecting local villages and communities – and often footpaths and bridleways – where drivers are expected to adhere to lower speed limits.

For more information on where you can walk in Britain and sensible rules to follow read the Countryside Code and Scottish Outdoor Access Code.