Public rights of way
Public rights of way are public routes over private land.
Oldham has 270 miles of public rights of way, including 23 miles of bridleways.
Who can go where
Public footpaths are for pedestrians only
Public bridleways are for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists
Public byways are for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and motorised vehicles (subject to the character of the way)
- Map updates
- Surface maintenance (walkers might need boots in poor weather!)
- Bridge maintenance
- Grants to landowners - for 25% of the cost of maintaining approved stiles and bridlegates
- Administering the law concerning rights of way (in particular making sure they can be used by the public)
Map updates and Highways Act declarations
You can apply to have maps modified to reflect route usage.
Landowners can formally acknowledge public rights of way across their land, indicating they have no intention to dedicate any more routes across their land.
Community Buildings and Highway Records Maps
Use this map to find community buildings, highway records, ward and area committee details.