A public right of way (PRoW), like a road, is a highway that can be used by the public at all times.

PRoWs can be:

  • footpaths
  • bridleways
  • restricted byways
  • byways open to all traffic (BOAT)

There are currently no restricted byways or BOATs in York.

Public rights of way in and around York


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Footpaths

Footpaths are for:

  • walkers
  • prams and pushchairs
  • buggies and wheelchairs

Some footpaths, particularly those in the countryside, may not be suitable for some users.

Dogs on footpaths

Dogs are allowed on footpaths, although you may have to keep them on a lead or under close control. Please be a responsible dog owner:

  • clean up after your dog - it's an offence to allow your dog to foul on PRoW
  • make sure your dog does not stray off the path - you may be committing trespass (the landowner can ask you to leave)

Cycles on footpaths

You do not have the right to ride or push a bicycle along a footpath - if you do so without permission from the landowner you may be trespassing and can be asked to leave.

Bridleways

Bridleways are for:

  • walkers
  • horse riders
  • cyclists

You can lead a horse along a bridleway.

Cyclists must give way to walkers and horses. Horses must give way to walkers.

Some bridleways are not suitable for cycles.

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