Rights of Way (Public Paths)

You can walk on all public rights of way. Some are also open to horse riders, cyclists or motorists.

Your Rights

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave people more freedom to walk on open countryside. This applies to open access land, which has been opened to the public for walking.

On a Right of Way You Can:

Walk dogs on a lead or under close control

Take a pushchair or wheelchair, although this can be difficult if the surface is uneven or muddy

Take a short route around an illegal obstruction (e.g. fences or crops) or move it to get past.


Enjoy free exercise in the fresh air by exploring Nottinghamshire on foot.

There are acres of green spaces for walking in the county including:

Country Parks 
Nature Reserves and Green Spaces 
Open Access Land 
Find a walk: search routes across the county

Walking with Dogs

You are welcome to take your dog on any right of way route but they must be on a lead or under close control. It is an offence to allow a dog to run free in a field where there are sheep. A farmer has the right to shoot a dog that is attacking or chasing livestock. You must clean up after your dog or you may be liable for a fine.

Report Problems

Many paths go across or around fields that contain crops or have been ploughed and may be uneven or muddy. Public paths should be clear from obstruction and fences, gates and stiles must be in good condition, easy to open and unlocked.
Report a right of way problem 


Routes and Rides

Routes and Rides brochure includes eight routes that offer a great introduction to walking, cycling or horse riding in Nottinghamshire.

Guided Walks

Natural England – permissive access routes for Walking, cycling and horse riding
Ramblers Association – national walking charity with Nottinghamshire routes
Notts Guided Walks – a monthly guide for organised walks in the countryside
Walk it – an urban walking route planner.

Related Links

Landowner responsibilities 
Rights and responsibilities 
View our rights of way improvement plan