There are over 980 kilometres of Public Rights of Way in the Bedford Borough area, linking towns and villages to the diverse countryside and landscape of the county. The Borough Council is responsible for the management of this access network, which consists of 600 kilometres of Public Footpaths,350 kilometres of Public Bridleways and 34 kilometres of Public Byways (BOATS).
The Definitive Map and Statement for North Bedfordshire conclusively shows the legal position of footpaths, bridleways and Byways Open to All Traffic. Click here to access the map.
When the map appears –
- Click over ‘I AGREE’
- Click on the blue arrow in the ‘On the Map’ box
- Click over ‘View map layers’
- Click over ‘Rights of Way’ (white text)
- Click over the blue arrow ‘Display on Map’
To get to the required location either
a) Click over the ‘zoom+’ button on the top right hand corner and then keep clicking on the map in the desired location or
b) Click over ‘Zoom to location’ and enter the address or ward of interest and press over the 'zoom to area' blue arrow.
To zoom in or out click over the ‘zoom+’ or ‘zoom-‘ buttons and then click on the map in the required location. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to pan the map in the required direction.
From time to time it is necessary to temporarily close Rights of Way for various reasons. Click here for temporary closures which are currently affecting the network.
The RoW team are responsible for changes to the Definitive Map by means of Modification Orders and Public Path Orders. Click here for the current Register of Modification Applications and click here for recent Public Path Orders
Rights of Way Officers work with farmers, landowners and local people to make sure that public footpaths, bridleways and byways are clear and properly maintained so that everyone can enjoy using them. For recent improvements, issues and comments on the state of the Rights of Way network in Bedford Borough click here.
To contact RoW officers click here.