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Public Rights of Way

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What are Public Rights of Way

A Public Right of Way is a route over which the public have a legal right under Highway Law to pass and re-pass.

Public Rights of Way can be found in towns, villages and the countryside. Some paths may be surfaced although most are tracks through fields owned by private landowners.

Public footpaths are not to be confused with highway footways for example, pavements to the side of the road.

How to Recognise a Public Right of Way

Public Rights of Way are commonly known as public footpaths, public bridleways and public byways. Owing to the length of the network and, in some instances, legal anomalies associated with the Definitive Map, not all Rights of Way are signposted.

However, we endeavour to signpost all popular trails. If this is the case you will see waymarker discs on signposts or somewhere prominent along the paths.

Public Rights of Way are public highways and are recorded on a Definitive Map and Statement (a legal record of Public Rights of Way). We are responsible for keeping this map up-to-date. 

The Definitive Map & Statement

The definitive map and statement is our legal record of public rights of way in Carmarthenshire.

It shows public footpaths, bridleways and some vehicular rights of way. It is conclusive evidence of the existence of the rights of way shown on it.

The definitive map and statement can only be amended by a legal order. Any proposals to change a right of way shown on the definitive map will be advertised so that everyone has an opportunity to participate and comment on the proposal.

There may be Public rights of Way within Carmarthenshire which have not been registered and are therefore not shown on the definitive map or statement. There are processes in place for legally registering these paths. For further information regarding this please contact the Rights of Way office. The definitive map can be viewed at our offices at the Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park.

Interactive Mapping

In addition to the Definitive Map, you can view Public Rights of Way on My Nearest on i-Local. Click on Coast & Countryside and you can select any of the following options:

  • Footpaths     
  • Bridleways
  • Byways Open to All Traffic 

Please note that the interactive map is NOT the Definitive Map (i.e. the legal record) and is for general information purposes only.  It may be open to error.  If you need accurate information regarding a specific route you should make an appointment to view the Definitive Map.

Page updated on: 01/03/2017

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