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Rights of Way

Public rights of way are mainly paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. They allow people to explore and enjoy the countryside at a leisurely pace. Or they can be used for short journeys such as to school, to church, to work or even to the pub!

Kent has over 4,400 miles (7,100 km) of public footpaths, bridleways and byways providing free access to the Garden of England.

Like a public road, a public right of way is a highway which anybody may use at any time. Public rights of way are recorded on a Definitive Map and Statement (a legal record of public rights of way). Each path is classified according to who is allowed to use it and the public's rights along it.

Public Rights of Way (Kent County Council) »