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Bridleway, Dorset - geograph.org.uk - 156273.jpg
A way intended for use by equestrians.
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may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
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A way intended for use by pedestrians and horse riders. 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.

How to map


To map a bridleway nothing else than a simple way is required. Add the highway=bridleway tag to it. You can also add a name=* and ref=* if appropriate.

Public bridleways in England and Wales

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.

Public bridleways should be tagged: highway=bridleway and designation=public_bridleway

See also