Herts Co Co signposts byways or BOATs (byway open to all traffic) with this marker ...
and describes them as ...
Herts Co Co signposts bridleways with this marker and says ...
- BOATs carry footpath, bridleway and vehicular rights. They are normally unsurfaced
- They carry identical public rights to surfaced country lanes but they are, by definition, used mainly by walkers & riders
- A BOAT’s surface is maintained to a standard consistent with its usage.The law applies to BOATs in the same way as an ordinary public road - any vehicle must be fully taxed, MOT’d and insured and the driver must hold the appropriate driving licence
Both byways and bridlepaths are open to walkers but, from our experience today, some riders might not be aware of this, so please take extra care if following any of the routes mentioned in the ten country walks and be particularly watchful for horses being ridden at speed.
- You have the right to walk along them, to ride or lead a horse and to drive animals. You may also cycle along them
- Cyclists must give way to walkers and horseriders
- It is a criminal offence to drive a motor vehicle along a bridleway
- You do not have the right to take a horse-drawn vehicle along a bridleway, although it is not a criminal offence.
Herts Co Co signposts footpaths with this marker ... and says ...
- You have the right to walk together with any ‘normal accompaniment’ (e.g. a dog, pram, wheelchair)
- You do not have the right to use a bicycle, or even to wheel a bicycle along them. This is not a criminal offence, but a trespass against the landowner
- It is a criminal offence to drive a motor vehicle along a public footpath (unless you have a private right)
- You do not have the right to ride or lead a horse or take a horse-drawn vehicle along a footpath, although it is not a criminal offence.