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 guidelines on GOV.UK.

About our rights of way

Medway has nearly 190 miles (313km) of public rights of way.

Footpaths

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.

Download a list of footpaths in Medway

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.

Download a list of bridleways in Medway

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.

Download the Strood Community Trail leaflet

Restricted byways

Restricted byways are for all traffic, except mechanically propelled vehicles.

Download a list of restricted byways

Byway open to all traffic 

These are for all traffic, including mechanically propelled vehicles, although essentially it is used as a footpath.

Download a list of byways open to all traffic

Report a problem with a public right of way

You can report a problem, such as an obstruction, on the Ramblers website.