Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We recognise that public rights of way and walking and cycling trails in Devon provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times. Please read our information and advice about using these paths during this outbreak.

Please be advised that all of Devon County Council’s offices are currently closed to the public due to the current guidance (with the exception of necessary pre-arranged visits). We cannot currently facilitate any in-person visits. Please email us at prow@devon.gov.uk with the details of your query and we will do our best to help.

As the Highway Authority for Devon, the County Council is responsible for 3,108 miles (5,002km) of public rights of way. For more information about the Council’s responsibilities you can visit GOV.UK – local highway authority responsibilities.

A public right of way is a right by which the public can pass along linear routes over land at all times. Although the land may be owned by a private individual, the public have a legal right across that land along a specific route. Find out more about the different types of public rights of way.

To find out more about your local footpaths, bridleways and byways please use our interactive map which displays all the public rights of way in Devon as well as access land and the Dartmoor Commons.

To find out more about recreational trails and exploring Devon on foot, bike or horseback, please visit Explore Devon or for a walk by the coast see the South West Coast Path website. You can also find more cycle routes and trails, as well as other useful travel information at Travel Devon.