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Public rights of way

Excluded area consultation

We held an information stall about the excluded area consultation project at the Bedford Central Library on 20 August 2018. The Definitive Map Officers were on hand to answer your questions.

We identified 29 possible routes which could create a new Definitive Map for the urban area of Bedford. We would like to seek your views. If you are unable to visit on the day we are still interested in your views.

Please contact Andrew Burton, Definitive Map Officer, Rights of Way, Bedford Borough Council, 4th Floor Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP or email

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.

We are responsible for the management of this access network, which consists of:

  • 600 kilometres of public footpaths
  • 350 kilometres of public bridleways
  • 34 kilometres of public byways

There are also a number of promoted routes ranging from village walks to regional trails.

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.

Report a right of way problem

If you have found a problem with one of the rights of way please either email or telephone. Important details to include are the precise location, the nature of the problem and additional contact details.

Please report problems:

Bedford Local Access Forum

Bedford Borough Council also supports the Bedford Local Access Forum. This Forum is a statutory advisory body made up of local volunteers who help to guide the authority on improvement of public access to land for open air recreation and enjoyment.

Rights of way improvement plan (RoWIP)

The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP) sets out our proposed aims, objectives and practical actions for increasing public use and enjoyment of the public rights of way network over the next five years, 2018-2023.

Rights of way online mapping

View the Rights of Way Online Mapping system 

The Public Rights of Way information displayed on this map does not constitute a legal record.

To obtain definitive rights of way information please contact Bedford Borough Council.