A right of way is a path which anyone has the right to use on foot, and sometimes using other modes of transport
Footpaths are open only to walkers; bridleways are open to walkers, horse riders and pedal cyclists.
There are 117,000 miles of rights of way in England
There are 20,000 miles of rights of way in Wales
All rights of way are shown on legal “definitive maps and statements” which are looked after by the relevant council
The highway authority (county council or unitary authority) has a duty to look after rights of way and to ensure that they are well maintained, unobstructed and well signposted.
Everyone walks at a different pace, but as a guide, most adults can walk at around 2.5 miles (4km) an hour without accounting for stops. If you’re new to walking or recovering from an illness, allow yourself more time. Experienced walkers will often walk faster than this and walk further in an hour.
Whatever your walking ability though, the type of ground you’re covering will impact your waling pace. People walk faster on smoother surfaces such as roads, pavements and surfaced paths, while uneven ground and more difficult surfaces such as mud or boggy areas, gravel and sand will slow you down.
And then then there are hills to consider. ‘Naismith's Rule’ (devised by Scottsh mountaineer William Wilson Naismith in 1892) allows an hour for every three miles (5km), plus an extra half an hour for every 1000ft (330m) climbed, so you’ll need to factor in more time for a walk that includes ascents.
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Things every walker should know
about rights of way:-
John Harris’s ‘Walking in England’. Free Walks to Download
UK Hillwalking - a useful site of links to walking resources.
Walking Britain - Walks and walking resources. 100’s of searchable walking routes.
Walking Routes - Over 2000 routes covering Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England.
Highly recommended group walking in Mallorca.
Lake District Weather resource. Check before you go!
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