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Walking and public rights of way

Middlesbrough Council has 38km of registered public footpaths and public bridleways on theĀ definitive map. As the Highway Authority, the council is responsible for maintaining the local rights of way network, and keeping the definitive map up to date.

What are public rights of way?

Public rights of way are a significant part of our heritage and a major recreational resource. They enable people to get away from roads used mainly by motor vehicles, and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside. Public rights of way are becoming more important as increases in the volume and speed of traffic are turning some roads into unpleasant and sometimes dangerous places for walkers, cyclists and equestrians.

What is the local access network?

Middlesbrough's public rights of way make up only part of the local access network; the rest is made up of permissive paths, cycle tracks, footpaths and cycleways. All of these provide a safe off-road network which allows the public to enjoy the tranquil countryside and local landscape on foot, bicycle, or horseback.