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Rights of way

Public rights of way

We are responsible for the mapping, management and enforcement of public rights of way and work with farmers and other landowners to ensure access is not affected.

Rights of way are classified according to the nature of their use:

  • Footpath - foot only
  • Bridleway - foot, cycle or horseback
  • Restricted Byway - foot, cycle, horseback or carriage
  • Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) - foot, cycle, horseback or motor vehicle

A 'permissive path' is where the landowner allows the public access but may close the path occasionally.

Public rights of way are recorded on Definitive Maps. The original copies of these maps can be viewed by appointment at County Offices and remain the legal document for Public Rights of Way in Lincolnshire.

The Electronic Working Copy map shows public rights of way as they are recorded today following any additions, diversions or extinguishments. This should not be considered to be the legal document.

Rights of way can only be closed with our permission. The Temporary Closures register records planned closures where a right of way will be affected by works.

Livestock can be kept in fields crossed by rights of way. The exception is bulls on their own if over 10 months old. Beef bulls are allowed if kept with cows, however, dairy breed bulls are not.

Farmers, landowners, and the county council work together to maintain and manage rights of way.

Contact countryside service

Address: Place
Lancaster House
36 Orchard Street
Lincoln
LN1 1XX

Telephone: 01522 782 070