Public rights of way

You can search online for information about individual rights of way.

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Use our online map to search for public rights of way.

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About public rights of way

Public rights of way are routes that can be used by members of the public for recreation, going to and from school, work and the shops and anywhere else. They range from urban to rural areas.

Types of usages allowed

  • Only pedestrians are allowed on public footpaths.
  • Public bridleways can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and horseriders.
  • Restricted byways are for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and horse carriages.
  • Public byways are for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and motorised vehicles subject to the character of the way, although not all byways are suitable for most motor vehicles.

Check if a path is a public right of way

You can check whether a path is on the formal list of claimed paths, or check the priority list of outstanding files.

Alternatively, you can get in contact with highways to check the definitive map and statement which is the legal record of public rights of way.

You can also contact us to propose a route to become a public right of way.

Diversion of paths

To change or stop the route of a path on your land, there is a formal application procedure, criteria to be satisfied, and a charge for the process. There is no guarantee of success. You can get in contact with highways and an officer will discuss the matter with you.

Rights of way improvement plan

Kirklees Council has developed a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) that outlines how the public rights of way network will be managed and improved over the coming years as resources allow, to meet the needs of people who live or work in Kirklees and those who are visiting the area.

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