Public rights of way

The public rights of way network, comprising footpaths, bridleways and byways provides the key to exploring much of the countryside of Leeds, whether it be for active 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.

Report problems about a public right of way

Please report issues regarding the below by using our public rights of way using our form.

  • Public Footpath (not roadside pavements) - for use by pedestrians
  • Public Bridleway - for use by people on foot, horseback or bicycle
  • Byway Open to All Traffic - which have full vehicular rights, but are mainly used as bridleways
  • Restricted Byway - which have rights on foot, horseback, bicycle and non-mechanical vehicles such as horse and cart