Public rights of way can be footpaths, bridlepaths, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.

There are over 9000 public rights of way in Somerset. We are responsible for making sure that the network of paths is free from obstruction and easy to use. The Exmoor National Park Authority maintains public rights of way in Exmoor National Park.

You can report problems on public rights of way by using our Explore Somerset map.

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Once you have logged the problem on the map it will be picked up by a member of our maintenance team.

We will then investigate and prioritise the fault depending on its severity and the type of path it is on. You can track the progress of problems using our Explore Somerset map.

Most problems are dealt with relatively quickly. Problems that involve third parties in some way, such as landowners, the Environment Agency, or land agents can take longer to resolve.