Public Rights of Way are rights across land accessible by the public, which allow people to pass along them– even if the land is privately owned.
The Council manages 21 miles of Public Rights of Way across the borough, 41 footpaths, three bridleways and one restricted byway.
The Public Rights of Way in Reading can be seen in the following maps: North, South, East and West Reading.
These paths are vital connections for many people to access open space and are often used by residents when travelling to work and school as well as rural-type routes that are used for leisure purposes.
Some of these are key routes connecting people to key destinations, such as the town centre, Reading Station, Green Park and Thames Valley Business Park. Other routes provide nice walks in nature for the public and continue into neighbouring councils. Trails in Reading include:
The Public Rights of Way in Reading are not a standalone network of paths. In an urban environment such as Reading, they form part of the larger network of walking and cycling – all linking to key destinations and nature. They also form part of a national trail leading into other local authorities.
The cycle and walking routes interactive map allows visualizing and planning your journey in Reading using the Public Rights of Way alone or combined with the walking and cycling networks.
The Public Rights of Way are in dark green in the Map Category “Walking Routes” and sub-category “Other Footways”.
In this interactive map you can:
This is an evolving map.
The National Footpath Map allows you to plan your journey on the public rights of way into neighbouring councils ( e.g. Wokingham and West Berkshire) and join national trails that cross through Reading.
These two interactive maps are not the definitive map and are not a legal record of the rights of way. For the definitive map or statement please contact Transport@reading.gov.uk
All the Public Rights of Way are listed and described in the Definitive Map accompanied by the Definitive Statement. Both are held and updated by Reading Borough Council. They provide the conclusive evidence that the Public Rights of Way shown upon them legally exists.
The Definitive Map – is a map prepared by a surveying authority which is a legal record of the Public’s Rights of Way.
The Definitive Statement –is the statement that accompanies the Definitive Map and includes descriptions of every path indicated on the Map, including legal restrictions, widths and other information.
For the definitive map or statement please contact Transport@reading.gov.uk.
There are four ways to establish a Public Right of Way:
There are two major legal processes available to the public and the Council to make changes to the definitive map and statement.
Find out more about the process of applying for a Definitive Map Modification Order or Public Path Order using the following guidance A guide to definitive maps and changes to public rights of way.
For further information on how to apply please contact: Transport@reading.gov.uk
If there is a maintenance requirement or an incident on one of the paths please report this issue online.
Find information on Reading’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan here.