Footpaths, byways and bridleways
Surrey has almost 3448 kilometres (2143 miles) of footpaths bridleways, and byways. We are responsible for the management and maintenance of this network, and for the Definitive Map that is a legal record of the position and status of Rights of Way.
Surrey's rights of way network is made up of approximately:
- 2,229 km (1385 miles) of public footpaths which you have the right to use on foot only
- 1,095 km (680 miles) of public bridleways which you have the right to use on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle (cyclists should give way to walkers and riders)
- 0.7 km (0.4 miles) of restricted byways which you have the right to use on foot, on horseback or on/in any vehicle which is not mechanically propelled (e.g. a bicycle, horse drawn vehicles etc).
- 123 km (76 miles) of Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) which you can use on foot, on horseback and on or in any sort of vehicle
In this section...
- Contact us about rights of way
- Report a Rights of Way problem
- Rights of Way - Public Inquiries, Hearings and Written Representations
- Rights of Way Improvement Plan
- Rights of Way interactive map
- Advice on visiting the countryside
- Find out about Rights of Way
- Highways Act and Commons Act deposits
- Rights of Way Public Notices
- Register of definitive map modification order applications
- Surrey Countryside Access Forum