UK Bridleways, Byways, and Footpaths Map

Find bridleways, byways, and footpaths close to you using our map and search tools, covering England and Wales.

Girls riding along bridleway

Our bridleway map lists every recognised bridlepath, byway, and footpath near to you. Despite the fact that bridleways are an important resource for cyclists and equestrians alike (providing respite from traffic-laden roads) they’re notoriously hard to find. We’ve built two great tools to assist you in finding bridleways in your area.

Although most public rights of way are outlined on Ordnance Survey maps, less popular routes are often omitted. The best place to find all of the available rights of way (including bridle paths) in your area is the Definitive Map. The Definitive Map lists every official right of way under the jurisdiction of the authority that publishes it. Even if you think you know about all of the bridleways in your area, it’s worth checking – you might even find you’re riding somewhere you shouldn’t be!

Bridleway, Byway, and Footpath Map

To find bridleways, byways, and footpaths in your area check out our map below. Select the type of path you’re searching for in the right hand side menu, and navigate to the correct area using the search box or your location.

Alternatively, use our Bridleway, Footpath, and Byway search tool. Simply select your area from the drop down to retrieve the definitive map, and therefore every legally recognised bridleway, footpath, and byway.


Bridleway, Footpath, and Byway Search Tool

We’ve compiled every available digitised definitive map in England. If your area’s missing then you can request to view a physical copy by contacting your council, alternatively check out our “Alternative Resources” at the bottom of the page.



Note: digital definitive maps are not legal records. When pursuing a legal claim you should always reference an original, physical copy.

Where can you ride a horse?

As we’re all aware, you can’t ride along a public footpath, however, bridleways aren’t the only place you can ride off-road. Other rights of way, such as restricted byways, are also open to riders.

Type Description
Footpath🚫A path used only for walking (different from a pavement). No horses allowed!
Bridleway🐎A route open to those leading or riding a horse, pedestrians, and bicycles. Horse drawn vehicles are not allowed, and cyclists must give way to pedestrians and horse riders.
Byway open to all traffic (BOAT)🐎Open to horses, all wheeled vehicles (including horse drawn vehicles), cyclists, and pedestrians.
Restricted Byway🐎Open to horses (led and ridden), pedestrians, cyclists, and non-mechanically propelled vehicles.
Green Lane🐎Equivalent to a BOAT.

Where can you ride? (Modified from Naturenet)

Bridleways in London

Outside of London, it’s not commonly known that there’s an extensive bridleway in Hyde Park – known as Rotten Row. The bridleway is most commonly used by the Household Calvary, who are stationed nearby. However, it is open to everyone, and is easily accessible from nearby stables offering horse hire.

If you’re interested in hiring a horse to ride in Hyde Park consider Ross Nye Stables or Hyde Park Stables.


We hope we’ve helped you discover a new riding route. If you’re looking for new places to ride then make sure to follow us on Instagram as we’ve got an exciting new bridleway project coming up soon that we need your help with!

15 Replies to “UK Bridleways, Byways, and Footpaths Map”

  1. Could you tell me where the bridleways are in the Dunham Massey, Altrincham and Lymm Cheshire areas, please?

  2. I am looking for bridleways near Bicester so I may enjoy a bicycle ride. Is there a map for these? I am new to UK. Thank you

    1. Hello Julie, please select “North Yorkshire County Council” from the drop-down (purple box) above, and follow the link.

  3. Hi I followed the link suggested for North Yorkshire county council but that doesn’t cover Sheffield as we are South Yorkshire and there is nothing in the drop down menu for Sheffield or South Yorkshire can you help we are the North side of Sheffield near Barnsley and we desperately need to find new routes for riding as at the moment it consists of a lot of road work around the council estates which can be perilous at times thanks.

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