What are public rights of way?

A public right of way is a route over land which the public has a legal right to use at any time.

We're responsible for managing, maintaining, and promoting the use of almost 450 miles (750km) of public rights of way in Barnsley, including footpaths, bridleways, and byways. Most of these run across private land.

The definitive map is the legal record of our public rights of way network.

Public rights of way map

Public rights of way map

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Using public rights of way

Check who can use the different types of right of way below.

Right of way Permitted use
Public footpath
A right of way for walkers. 
Public bridleway
A right of way for walkers, horse riders, and cyclists (who must give way to other users).
Restricted byway
A right of way for walkers, horse riders, cyclists (who must give way to other users), and non motorised vehicles. 
Byway open to all traffic  
Used the same as footpaths and bridleways, but may also be used by vehicles. 

On all types of public right of way, you can take a pushchair or wheelchair if the path is suitable, although many are across farmland, so may have uneven surfaces and gates or stiles.

You can also take a dog, but you must keep it under close control, especially when near livestock. On open access land, there may be restrictions to protect wildlife.

You're also allowed to picnic on public rights of way, but remember to take your litter home.

Report a problem with a right of way

If you have a problem accessing a public right of way, or come across any that are overgrown or in disrepair, we can offer advice, make improvements and, if necessary, take enforcement action against the landowner.

Tell us about any problems using our enquiry form.

Public right of way enquiry