Public rights of way

The most widely known right to enjoy our countryside is defined by "public rights of way". These can be:

  • in towns or in the countryside
  • wide tracks or narrow trails
  • just a few metres long or form long distance paths

Public rights of way are shown on a variety of maps. The Council holds the formal legal record on a plan called the definitive map and statement.

The definitive map and statement is not currently available to view online, however we have produced an indicative walking and cycling map which shows public rights of way.

Public rights of way - essential information

Wherever they are and whatever their type, they are highways in law and open for use by anyone at anytime. In Solihull:

  • we are responsible for over 150 miles of public rights of way
  • there are over 450 separate routes to enjoy

There are 3 types of public of rights of way, defined according to who can use them. They are:

  • Bridleways which are:
    • for walkers, horse riders and pedal cyclists
    • denoted by route signs with blue arrows
  • Byways which are:
    • for vehicles, cyclists, horse riders and walkers
    • denoted by route signs with red arrows
  • Footpaths which are:
    • for walkers only
    • denoted by route signs with yellow arrows

Local Access Forum

Set up to advise the Council and other organisations on the improvement of public access to the countryside and public rights of way;  the forum brings together local stakeholders including cyclists, walkers, disabled users and landowners to share knowledge and provide strategic guidance and feedback.

We have a joint Local Access Forum which covers Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Forum meets 3 times a year. Meetings are open to the public, and time is allowed for public questions. For further information please visit,