Public rights of way provide one of the main means by which people can access and enjoy the countryside.
At the same time the rights of way network is part of the local travel infrastructure, providing paths from people's homes to local facilities and places of work.
Providing access to our coast and countryside is an essential part of the rural tourism product in Ceredigion and the network of paths is a key economic asset. What's more, countryside access has an important role to play in health and well-being. Regular walking, cycling and horse riding can bring benefits through improving people's health in Wales.
The County Council is working to improve the condition of rights of way in Ceredigion. Rights of way in the County are managed on an area basis with a Ranger attached to each area.
- Gareth Owen - Rights of Way and Countryside Ranger (Area 1)
- Haydn Lewis - Rights of Way and Countryside Ranger (Area 2)
- Osian Jones - Rights of Way and Countryside Ranger (Area 3)
Further details are provided in the contacts section.
If you wish to report a problem on a public right of way, please go to the link below:
Please note that 'footways' which are often tarmaced urban routes in the middle of towns & villages are maintained by the Highways Department and not the Coast & Countryside section.
Footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways, byways are public highways and landowners and farmers have some responsibilities with regards to these rights of way:
- Stiles, gates and crossings across these rights of way should be kept in good order by the land owner. Permission should be obtained from Ceredigion County Council before erecting new gates or stiles
- Rights of way must be kept clear of obstructions, and overhanging vegetation should be cut back by the landowner
- Any dairy bull over 10 months old should not be allowed in a field through which a public right of way passes. The recognised dairy breeds are Ayrshire, Dairy Shorthorn, British Friesian, Guernsey, Jersey, Kerry and British Holstein. Bulls of other breeds over ten months old must be accompanied by cows or heifers
Ceredigion County Council has a statutory obligation to protect the access rights of the public to Public Rights of Way, and is empowered to carry out work itself and seek repayment of costs from the landowner. For further advice, please contact the Coast and Countryside Section.