Rights of Way in the UK can be quite complicated matters. We have put this site together to try and help you with various aspects of Rights of Way and Land Ownership Search in the hope that you understand them better.

All rights of way are legally highways and anyone may use them at any time. However, there are different types. You can walk on all of them, but some have extra rights to ride a horse, cycle or drive a vehicle for example.  England alone has over 118,000 miles of Rights of way providing many opportunities to explore this green and pleasant land.

Rights of way are a term first used to describe the right to travel unhindered, to access a route regardless of land ownership or any other legality. The right of way may be limited. If one person owns a piece of land which is bordered on all sides by lands owned by others, a court will be obliged to grant the right of way to those approved by the owner or owners of the isolated land area. It is also common practice for the public to be granted the right of way on a path or track which is in common use for a lengthy period of time. Public rights of way are not restricted by land ownership and grants travel access to all.

Ordnance Survey maps will show public Rights of Way and land owner granted Rights of way.