Our public rights of way
Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
The outdoors is a great place for exercise and has many benefits for health and wellbeing, especially at a time when we all face social isolation and anxiety.
However, we all need to follow government rules and advice to keep everyone safe.
Be aware that some people live close to public rights of way. You should consider their need for social distancing, treat each other with respect and be aware that some of these people may be in self-isolation because of illness or other vulnerabilities.
You can continue to enjoy the public rights of way network responsibly by following the social distancing guidance on GOV.UK.
About our rights of way
Medway has nearly 190 miles (313km) of public rights of way.
Footpaths are for pedestrian use only, wheelchair users and those pushing prams or pushchairs. Dogs can be walked on a lead or under close control.
Bicycles are not allowed but some landowners allow cycling on some routes. Note, public footpaths are not the same as footways.
Footways are paths that are adjacent to roads and are commonly called pavements.
Bridleways (bridle paths)
Bridleways are for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists. You can lead horses, donkeys or mules and, sometimes drive other animals along bridleways.
Cyclists can use bridleways (Countryside Act 1968) and must give way to walkers and horse riders.
The Act does not place a duty on highway authorities to maintain bridleways for cyclists, so bridleways may not be suitable for cycling, even on mountain bikes.
Strood Community Trail
This is a five mile trail around Strood.
Please note: there is a temporary closure between Rochester Bridge and Janes Creek until July 2020.
Restricted byways are for all traffic, except mechanically propelled vehicles.
Byway open to all traffic
These are for all traffic, including mechanically propelled vehicles, although essentially it is used as a footpath.