Is it a footpath or a bridleway?

It is frustrating when a bridleway suddenly becoming a footpath. Photo: Eamon Curry via Flickr Creative Commons.
Following Cycling UK’s successful Trails for Wales campaign with OpenMTB, the Welsh Government announced there will be a ‘presumption of multi-use access’ on paths in the countryside. This means thousands of miles of trails should soon be opening up for cycling and horse riding. It’s fantastic news but there is still work to be done – and Cycling UK needs your photos to demonstrate why the change is needed.

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85% of our off-road survey respondents said the current rights of way system makes it hard to put together a route.

We need photos as evidence to show how illogical the current rights of way system is and why the changes in Wales will have such a big impact.

Cycling UK is looking for photos of the everyday frustrations of off-road riding to use in our campaigning.

  • Have you  ever found yourself riding along a bridleway which spits you out onto a busy road and then continues as a footpath on the other side?
  • Bewildered by two trails which look identical on the ground, but you’re only allowed to ride on one of them?
  • Or slogged your way through a muddy quagmire on a bridleway looking enviously at the dry footpath a few metres away?

Whether you live in Wales (or England or Northern Ireland), you can help us make sure these changes happen by sending us your examples. 

Send us your photos 

Please email your photos to and include a precise location. You can do this using an OS grid reference or online:

  1. Go to Bing maps and change from ‘Road’ to ‘Ordnance Survey’ in the top right corner.
  2. Zoom to the location where you took the photo, right-click and copy the location reference to paste into your email.


Send your photo


Thanks for your help. With your support, Cycling UK can continue to push for wider off-road access for everyone.