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Public rights of way

What are Public Rights of Way?

This is the description of the various types of Public Right of Way and other commonly referred to paths and trails

Public Footpath

The public has a right of way on foot. Footpaths will cross fields containing livestock or crops, they may be muddy, and generally 'rural' in feel.


the public has a right of way on foot, pedal cycle, horseback and leading a horse. Those cycling must give way to other users. These routes often cross farmland and therefore may encounter gates.

Byways open to all traffic (BOATs)

As the name suggests, these routes - often simply called byways - are for walkers, horse riders, cyclists and vehicles - including horse-drawn carriages, motorcycles and other motor vehicles.

Report a problem or contact us

If you have any queries or wish to report a problem on a public right of way please contact:

Graeme Clark (MIPROW) 
Public Rights of Way, Definitive Map and Cycle Network Officer
North Tyneside Council
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Telephone:  (0191) 643 6086    

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