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Rights of way

Public Rights of Way are legally recorded public highways across privately owned land. East Sussex has around 2,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways. East Sussex County Council manages these paths to ensure that they give safe and easy access for the public.

Further information is available on the Council's website here: Rights of way – helping you discover East Sussex | East Sussex County Council

What are the different types of public rights of way?

  • Public footpath – for use by walkers only. You can also use a pushchair or wheelchair on a footpath, but the nature of the path may mean this is not possible.
  • Public bridleway – for use by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Cyclists should give way to walkers and horse riders.
  • Byway open to all traffic – sometimes referred to as Byways, BOATs or Green Lanes. These can be used by motorised vehicles, horse-drawn carriages, cyclists, horse-riders and walkers.
  • Restricted byway – for use by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and horse-drawn carriages.

Can I see a map of the rights of way?

All public rights of way in East Sussex can be viewed on the County Councils online rights of way map. This can be used find out where you can walk or ride in the county and also report problems to the Rights of Way Team.

There is also a list of temporary path closures which provides information about any long or short term path closures.

Reporting problems on rights of way

You can report problems via the Council's website: Problems on rights of way | East Sussex County Council