Rights of Way in England and Wales

We're fighting to maintain and expand public rights of way in England and Wales

We want everyone to be able to enjoy England and Wales’s world-renowned path network.


Shared use – walking and cycling

We are protecting walkers’ rights on the path network as the increased popularity of cycling leads to a growing number of shared use routes.

A man walking with a walking stick with a lady by his side

Disability and public access

Spending time outdoors in nature should be easy, accessible and enjoyable for all. But our paths, tracks and trails are not always accessible to everyone.


Rights of way and cattle

Serious incidents relating to cattle are rare. But when they do occur they can have profound consequences so farmers should minimise the risks to walkers.


Motor vehicles and rights of way

The use of motor vehicles on paths can also spoil the enjoyment of the countryside for walkers. We’d like to see better protection for paths.

traditional countryside path

A brief history of public rights of way

How our network of public rights of way came to be and why it is so important we protect these ancient routes.

A close up of a 'Private: No public right of way' sign in front of a field

The definitive guide to rights of way law

An invaluable expert guide to rights of way law published by the Ramblers and the Open Spaces Society.