Our public rights of way
Medway has nearly 190 miles (313km) of public rights of way.
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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 5-mile trail around Strood.
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.
Search for a public right of way
To find a public right of way, you can use our map.
Our map will open in a new window.
Using the interactive map
To use the map:
- go to 'address search' at the top of the map page and type in the post code or road name of the area you would like to search within
- click on the 3 horizontal lines in the top left to access the 'What would you like to do?' menu
- click on ‘map features’
- open the ‘highways’ folder by clicking the black triangle icon
- click 'Public Rights of Way’. The map layer will show a tick when the layer is on. If there's a public right of way in the area, the map will show a green, red, purple or blue line.