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Public rights of way

View the public rights of way map (pdf 393KB)

Medway has nearly 190 miles (313km) of Public Rights of Way, including:

  • Footpaths - for pedestrian use only, wheelchair users and those pushing prams or pushchairs. Dogs can be walked on a lead or under close control. Bicycles are not allowed but some landowners allow cycling on some routes.
    Download a list of footpaths in Medway (pdf 66.1KB)
    Note, public footpaths are not the same as footways. Footways are paths that are adjacent to roads and are commonly called pavements.
  • Bridleways (bridle paths) - for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists. You can lead horses, donkeys or mules and, sometimes drive other animals along bridleways.
    Cyclists can use bridleways (Countryside Act 1968) and must give way to walkers and horse riders. The Act does not place a duty on highway authorities to maintain bridleways for cyclists, so bridleways may not be suitable for cycling, even on mountain bikes.
    Download a list of bridleways in Medway (pdf 10.7KB)
  • Restricted byways - for all traffic, except mechanically propelled vehicles.
    Download a list of restricted byways (pdf 7.58KB)
  • Byway open to all traffic - for all traffic, including mechanically propelled vehicles, although essentially it is used as a footpath.
    Download a list of byways open to all traffic (pdf 9.91KB)