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Rights of Way

There are approximately  87 km of public rights of way in Merthyr Tydfil, 23km of these lie within the  Brecon Beacons National Park.

Public rights of way have a legal status which allows people to use them at all times unless there are restrictions placed upon them.

The Council has a responsibility to ensure that these rights of way are kept free of obstruction and that their surface is kept in a reasonable condition.

The rights of way network in Merthyr Tydfil CBC consists of footpaths and bridleways.  There is also a small number of byway's open to all traffic.

The Rights of Way within the County Borough provide people with the opportunity to walk, cycle or horseride enabling them to visit the surrounding countryside areas.   They also act as a useful short cuts in more urban areas.


Who can use a Public Right of Way?


Footpaths are for walkers, you are allowed to take a pram, pushchair and wheelchair on them, although some in more rural locations may be unsuitable for that use.  You are permitted to take a dog with you, but, it must be kept under close control, please clean up after your dog as it is an offence to allow your dog to foul on a public right of way.

Bridleways are for walkers, horse riders and  pedal cyclists.  Cyclists must give way for walkers and horse riders. Motor cycles are not permitted on bridleways.

By-way open to all traffic are for walkers, horse riders, pedal cycles, and also other motorised vehicles.

Tel: 01685)727309/726225/727052
Last updated: 15.11.2011
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