Public rights of way

The following is a description of the various public rights of way.  The purpose of badger patrols is to walk along public rights of way during the badger culls, meaning that this is important information for badger patrollers to understand, to ensure that they stay safe and legal.

Footpaths — This public right of way is meant for pedestrians only. You are allowed to walk your dog as long as it is under your close control. When walking a dog, you must ensure that it keeps to the public footpath and does not trespass into nearby properties. Prams, pushchairs or wheelchairs can also be used on a footpath.footpaths

Bridleways — These are meant for walkers, horseriders, and bicyclists. Bicyclists are expected to give way to walkers and horseriders.

Byways Open To All Traffic (BOAT) — These byways are normally marked “byways” and are open to motorists, bicyclists, horseriders, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. As with public tarmac road networks, motorists must ensure that they are legally authorised to use BOATs (i.e. registered, taxed, insured and MoT’d).

Restricted Byways —Restricted Byways are created under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. They are open to the traffic mentioned above in BOATs, but exclude motor vehicles and motorcycles.

For more information, visit’s page ‘Rights of way and accessing land