A right of way is legally a highway and anyone can use them at any time. There are different types of rights of way some you can walk on while others you can ride, cycle or drive a vehicle on. Natural England website has further information on rights of way.
With the introduction of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), you can walk freely on mapped areas of mountain, moor, heath, down and registered common land without having to stick to paths. Natural England website has further information on open access land.
Rights of Way Definitive Map
Cumbria County Council are the Highway Authority responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Public Rights of Way network in Cumbria. You can view the most up to date version of the Definitive Map, along with answers to the most frequently asked questions, on their website.
To report a problem with the public Rights of Way network or to apply for changes to the map, such as a deletion, addition or diversion of a route, contact the Countryside Access Team.
For further information