About public rights of way
Kent County Council is the Highway Authority, Surveying
Authority, Access Authority and Commons Registration Authority for
In relation to countryside access, the Countryside Access
Service is responsible for:
- protection, maintenance and enhancement of Kent's public rights
of way network
- management of the public rights of way Definitive Map and Statement
- the Village Greens and Commons Registration Service
- promotion of countryside access
- management of open access land.
You can view the entire network of public rights of way and the
location of all gates, stiles and bridges etc. on the interactive map.
What are public rights of way?
of way are mainly paths for walkers, cyclists and horseriders. They
allow people to explore and enjoy the countryside at a leisurely
pace. Or they can be used for short journeys such as to school, to
church, to work or even to the pub!
Kent has over 4,400 miles (7,100 km) of public footpaths,
bridleways and byways providing free access to the Garden of
Like a public road, a public right of way is a highway which
anybody may use at any time. Public rights of way are recorded on a
Definitive Map and Statement (a legal record of public rights of
way). Each path is classified according to who is allowed to use it
and the public's rights along it.
Find out more about who can use the different public rights of
Learning about public rights of way and the countryside
The Education Toolkit has been created
by Kent County Council Countryside Access
Service to help Key Stage Two teachers
prepare and carry out lessons about access to the countryside and
public rights of way. All resources which are listed in the
activities can be downloaded from this page or the accompanying CD
unless otherwise stated.
Download the Education
How we manage and promote rights of way
The Countryside Access Improvement Plan shows
how Kent County Council plans to improve the network over the
next 10 years. It also shows what projects are already
The Countryside Access Design Standards are now
available to download. The standards assist landowners and
countryside agencies in raising the quality of access furniture
(for example, gates, bridges and stiles) across the
For free walks and rides, ideas for great days out and an
excellent interactive map that shows all of the rights of way in
Kent, visit the Explore
You can report a
problem on a public right of way.