Public Rights of Way

What is a public right of way

A public right of way is a route over land which the public has a legal right to use at any time. Rights of way can be found in towns, villages and the countryside. Some paths may be surfaced although most are tracks across countryside owned by landowners. Cornwall Council has a responsibility to maintain and protect 2,769 miles (4,450 km) of public right of way across Cornwall.

Whilst enjoying Cornwall's significant rights of way network we are aware that you may come across faults associated with some of the paths.

Report a public right of way issue

It also helps us to identify and locate the problem if you know the number of the path.

You can find the path number using the public rights of way layer on our interactive mapping. Zoom in on an area and select a public right of way. The path number will be displayed in an information window (e.g. Parish/path no./link no.223/12/2).

We have also provided a list of all public path reference numbers. You can use the links in the document to be taken to the selected path on our interactive mapping.

Public Footpath

Yellow waymarker

The public have a right of way on foot only. Prams, pushchairs, wheelchairs and invalid carriages are allowed along public footpaths, however not all paths may be suitable particularly in the countryside

We have 2,239 miles (3,603 km) of public footpath across Cornwall.

Public Bridleway

Blue waymarker

The public have a right of way on foot, horseback or bicycle.

We have 400 miles (643 km) of public bridleway across Cornwall.

Public Restricted Byway

Plum waymarker

The public have a right of way on foot, horseback, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage.

We have 0.18 miles (286 metres) of public restricted byway across Cornwall.

Public Byway

Red waymaker

The public have a right of way on foot, horseback, bicycle or vehicle including horse-drawn carriage, motorcycle or other motor vehicle.

We have 130 miles (209 km) of public byway across Cornwall.