Public Rights of Way

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As the Highway Authority for Devon, the County Council is responsible for 3,200 miles (4,960km) of public rights of way.

To find out more about where to Walk, Ride and Cycle in Devon please select My Local Paths (last updated 31 March 2014) This will take you to a map where you can obtain information on any path in the County. You can zoom in and out at various scales by following the instructions displayed underneath the map and by using the Legend and Layer buttons you can see all Public Rights of Way, Cycleways, Access Land and the Dartmoor Commons.

You can also find out  if there are any stiles, gates or bridges on the paths and  how steep or level a route is.

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What's new?
  • Devon Countryside Access Forum Newsletter March/April 2014 image - PDF icon (503KB - pdf help)
  • Information for landowners - please view our updated Highways Act 1980 Section 31(6) page for information regarding the procedure for protecting your land from future rights of way claims, under the new legislation
  • Although the highway and rights of way network across Devon was badly damaged during the winter - particularly iconic coastal and riverside paths - we have been working hard with landowners and partner agencies to reinstate damaged rights of way, or to provide alternative routes where temporary closures have been necessary.
  • The South West Coast Path remains open despite the winter storms, but in places you will need to follow temporary diversions. Please view the SWCP website "Latest News" section for up to date information and current closures
  • Grand Western Canal - the section of canal that was breached in November 2012 has now been re-opened. This is in plenty of time for the 2014 National Trailboat Festival in late May, which will celebrate the Canal’s bicentenary.
  • Stover Country Park - why not visit Stover this Spring? With over 114 acres of woodland, grassland, marsh and lakes, it is the perfect place to visit for all the family, in addition to which it operates the Countryside Mobiliby Scheme, which means it is an ideal place to visit for those with limited mobility. Spring/Summer events are out now!!
  • Community Paths: A 10 Step Guide to Improving Public Rights of Way image - PDF icon (2.19MB - pdf help) - A step by step guide to improving or creating public rights of way in your community..

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Contact Us

Public Rights of Way
Devon County Council
County Hall
Topsham Road


0845 155 1004


01392 381459

Key Publications / Downloads

Haldon Forest Park logo Walking Trails in Devon publication Horse Riding in Devon publication