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Public rights of way

The public rights of way network, comprising footpaths, bridleways and byways provides the key to unlocking access to much of the countryside of Leeds, whether it be for active recreational pursuits such as walking, cycling or horse-riding, or more leisurely strolls.        

Within Leeds there are 819km of rights of way, 628km of footpath, 180km of bridleway, together with a short network of byways and other routes with public access.  These ways can lead you through varied and changing landscapes, from urban areas to glorious countryside, and from the car to a country park and beyond.

A register of Highway Act Declarations, Statements and Maps and Landowner Statements is available from the Documents part of the page.


The Rights of Way Team

The Rights of Way team manages and maintains the rights of way network and undertakes works to improve and waymark the network and can authorise new structures (gates and stiles).  The team also works with local Councils, through the Paths Partnership Project and with volunteers to achieve improvements where possible.

Contact Us

If you have further questions, would like to see a copy of the Definitive Map or would like more information on walking, cycling, horse-riding and other recreational routes, please get in touch:

  • Online - go to the email link on this page and fill in the online form
  • Telephone - on 0113 3957400