Rights of way

Public rights of way are open to everyone. They can be roads, paths or tracks, and can run through towns, countryside or private property. You have the right to walk along them. Some rights of way are also open to horse riders, cyclists or motorists. There are three forms of public rights of way:

  • Public footpaths: for pedestrians only
  • Public bridleways: for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists
  • Public byways: for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and motorised vehicles, subject to the character of the way.

If you would like to find out if a path is a public right of way, you can contact us or refer to the 'Definitive Map', which is the official legal record of public rights of way, which are available for inspection via appointment only by contacting rightsofway@merthyr.gov.uk, 01685 727309/726225/727052, the map is situated at Unit 5, Triangle Business Park, Pentrebach, Merthyr Tydfil.

Reporting a problem on a Right of Way

Please tell us about any problem on a public right of way including:

  • Signs
  • Animals
  • Obstructions
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • The misuse of a path
  • Ploughing or cropping
  • The surface of a path
  • Drainage
  • Gates, styles and handrails

Report a rights of way issue 

 





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