West Berkshire Council

Public Rights of Way

There have been changes to this service due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please see our information for residents during the coronavirus pandemic pages for more details.

Please see the latest guidance from DEFRA about accessing green spaces

Please view the National Farmers Union (NFU) guidance on public rights of way.  

Also, please see the video from DEFRA relating to the countryside code and coronavirus.

And the following web link to the Countryside Code (downloadable/viewable) leaflet and poster: Countryside Code website. 


West Berkshire Council manages around 740 miles of Public Rights of Way in order that local people and visitors alike can enjoy the countryside of West Berkshire.

Our online map shows Public Footpaths, Public Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs), and also stiles, gates, steps in our district.

You can read more about Rights of Way through the Gov.uk website, or through Natural England.   We also publish information on Temporarily Closing the Public Highway (including Public Rights of Way), and pdf icon Traffic Regulation Orders [2Mb].



The Definitive Map - Recorded Public Rights of Way
The Definitive Map and Statement (DMS) for West Berkshire
National Trails in West Berkshire
The Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails, and restrictions that apply
Public Rights of Way - Legal Order Priority Work List
Cases prioritised for investigation this year
Public Path Orders
Legally diverting, creating or removing Public Rights of Way
Rights of Way Maintenance and Enforcement
Making sure our network is fit for use, and taking steps when problems occur
Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)
Improving our rights of way network, and access in general
Preventing the Dedication of Public Rights of Way
Highway statements and declarations from landowners to prevent the creation of Public Rights of Way
Closures, Restrictions and Motor Vehicles on Public Rights of Way
Legal closures and restrictions on West Berkshire Public Rights of Way (PRoW) and use by Motor Vehicles
Cycling on Public Rights of Way
Information regarding which public rights of way cyclists can use
Legal notices regarding public rights of way in West Berkshire

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