Rights of Way: Signage
Signing of Public Rights of Way
We have to put up a sign wherever a public footpath, bridleway or byway leaves a metalled road. These signs may be wooden, metal or plastic, and will sometimes show the distance to the next destination along the path. The sign will always indicate the status of the path.
We provide signs along a public right of way if people who don't know the area may need guidance. The small arrows used to do this are known as waymarkers. An agreed national colour scheme uses yellow arrows for public footpaths, blue arrows for bridleways, purple for 'restricted byways' and red arrows for 'byways open to all traffic'.
We use our discretion over where to place waymarkers. And we follow the national convention that the level of waymarking should decrease where waymarking would detract from the natural beauty of the environment.
Misleading signs and notices
Misleading and unlawful signs can stop people from exercising their right to use a public right of way and we will remove any that are put up on a right of way. If a sign is put up on adjacent land, we can apply to the magistrates court. The magistrates may impose a fine, and/or order the offender to remove the sign.