Public rights of way

Public rights of way in Thurrock

Our public rights of way network comprises of more than 100 miles of public footpaths and bridleways, giving access to the countryside, country parks, the waterfront and places of interest.

Legally using public rights of way

You can walk on all public rights of way.

Some public rights of way are also open to horse riders, cyclists or motorists. You can use:

  • footpaths – for walking, running, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • bridleways – for walking, horse riding, bicycles, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • restricted byways – for any transport without a motor and mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • byways open to all traffic – for any kind of transport, including cars, but they’re mainly used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders

Download a map of all the rights of way within Thurrock:

A printed copy of the map is available from local libraries.

You can also find out about the Local Access Forum and public access to private land.

Public rights of way improvement plan

Every local authority must publish a rights of way improvement plan that assesses the local rights of way network, its current use and likely future needs of users. It covers public footpaths, bridleways and byways in Thurrock.