What is the difference between a footpath and a Bridleway? Right of way law can help you find out.

Most land in Britain is privately owned, even in protected areas such as national parks, but thanks to a good system of access for walkers, there are many opportunities to explore on foot away from roads, either by following footpaths and rights of way or, in many places, by enjoying public access over wider areas of countryside.

A footpath is a thoroughfare that is intended for pedestrian use and from which other forms of traffic such as cars or bikes may be prohibited. Footpaths may be rural trails suitable for hiking but can also be short pedestrian links that allow convenient movement through, or to public spaces.

The terms pedestrian way and footway are also used in some places. Footpath or footway can also be used to describe a sidewalk, which is a type of footpath.

In a general sense, a footpath is a route for use by pedestrians. In a more strict sense, a footpath is reserved for pedestrian travel only. The terms shared use path or multi-use path may be used if both pedestrians and bicyclists are authorized.