Footpaths, byways and bridleways

Coronavirus: update May 2021

Please follow government guidelines for social distancing, group size and staying local, avoid busier routes and respect homes and farm buildings when walking nearby. Please follow the new Countryside Code and enjoy the countryside in a safe and respectful way.

The Countryside Access Team are currently homeworking and have limited access to resources. Due to this we are only able to deal with Priority 1 level issues. For further details see Public Rights of Way Maintenance and Enforcement Priority Statement May 2018 (PDF).

Surrey has almost 3482 kilometres (2164 miles) of footpaths bridleways, and byways. We are responsible for the management and maintenance of this network, and for the Definitive Map that is a legal record of the position and status of Rights of Way.

Surrey's rights of way network is made up of approximately:

  • 2,243 km (1394 miles) of public footpaths which you have the right to use on foot only
  • 1,115 km (693 miles) of public bridleways which you have the right to use on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle (cyclists should give way to walkers and riders)
  • 0.7 km (0.4 miles) of restricted byways which you have the right to use on foot, on horseback or on/in any vehicle which is not mechanically propelled (e.g. a bicycle, horse drawn vehicles etc).
  • 123 km (76 miles) of Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) which you can use on foot, on horseback and on or in any sort of vehicle

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