|highway = bridleway|
|A way intended for use by equestrians.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
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A way intended for use by horse riders (primarily) and pedestrians (depending on country-specific regulations). They may be legally designated as rights of way for pedestrians and equestrians (horses). Depending on the country, cyclists may be also permitted, though the surface may not be suitable.
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England and Wales: Public bridleways
Main article: UK access provisions#England and Wales Many bridleways in England and Wales are rights of way, legally designated as "Public bridleways". This gives a right to travel on foot or horseback. Cyclists are also permitted (by Countryside Act of 1968) unless subject to orders made by local authority. Usually bridleways are signed "no cycles" where this is the case and a reasonable default assumption is that cycles are permitted where not explicitly prohibited. There is no obligation to ensure suitability for use by bicycle.
Germany: Public ways vs. forests/farmland
In Germany, bridleways on public land is regulated by the traffic code (Straßenverkehrsordnung). The blue sign StVO 238 designates a way for riding only. Thus using by pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles is excluded, as long as no special permission is given by additional signage.
Only those public bridleways should tagged with highway=bridleway.
On the other hand, in forests and on farmland the access is regulated in individual law in the federal states. Often, riding is generally prohibited in forests, and only allowed individually on particular ways. This would be posted, e.g., on small signs along these ways.
Thus, as usage for riding is a subordinated aspect on such forestry ways, they should not be tagged as 'bridleways', but instead as highway=track, if they can be used by two-track (forestry) vehicles, otherwise as highway=path. In addition, the access by horse is given with the tag horse=yes. Further details of the state-specific regulation can be found on the respective German Wikipedia page
- For the different access=*-defaults see Access-Restrictions
- For routes designed to go by horse see the route relation with the tags route=horse and network=*.