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Last edited 28 Sep 2015
In England and Wales, a statutory bridleway (or bridle path) is a route over which the public has a right of way on horseback, leading a horse, on foot, or since 1968, on pedal cycle. In addition, there may be a right to drive animals along a bridleway, and some bridleways also have private access rights permitting use by right holders for motorised vehicles. People using a pedal cycle on a bridleway must give way to users on foot or on horseback.
As the use of horses declined, and motorised vehicles became more common during the 20th century, many bridleways became roads, and when the 1949 National Parks and Countryside Act required that public rights of way were recorded, many were recorded as roads, or as footpaths. However, it is estimated that the number of people riding horses each week in Britain has gone up from 100,000 in 1967 to 3.5 million in 1995, and so the demand for bridleways has increased. Ref London Borough of Hillingdon, Bridleways strategy.
Statutory bridleways are rights of way and must not be obstructed or moved. They are recorded on the Definitive Map and Statement, maintained by each local highway authority and form part of the local authority’s highway network. Permission may be sought to have them varied or removed by application to the local authority.
Landholders are responsible for ensuring statutory bridleways remain free from obstructions, and for ensuring there are suitable gates. The local highway authority is generally responsible for the surface, and for markings. There is no obligation to facilitate the use of bridleways by cyclists.
A permissive bridleways is not a statutory right of way, but is a way which the landowner permits the public to use for specified purposes. Permissive bridleways may be closed intermittently to prevent them becoming a right of way.
NB There is no legal distinction between footpaths and bridleways in Scotland.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki:
- National trail.
- Restrictive covenants.
- Right of support.
- Right of way.
- Right to light.
- Site of Special Scientific Interest.
- Tree preservation order.
- Tree rights.
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