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Public rights of way

Excluded area consultation

Excluded area consultation project has identified 29 routes in the initial ‘phase 1’. This equates to some 3561 metres of soon to be recorded rights of way. We have consulted widely with those whose properties are affected or abut a route along with local Councillors, utilities, police etc.

We are now consulting internally and seeking permission to make an Order for each of these routes. Soon the Orders will be advertised in the local press and on site and this will allow for a wider, more formal, statutory consultation to take place.

The next phase will rely on volunteers to help research and identify used but unrecorded routes. If you are interested in becoming involved in this or just want more information please contact:

Definitive Map Team
Bedford Borough Council
4th Floor Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
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.