Rights of way

Public rights of way are very important to the walker.
Finding Rights of way

Links are provided for your convenience but information may not always be accurate or up to date. (You should always check on the Councils definitive maps)

ROW maps.com cover much of the country. ROWMaps.com

Bedford Borough council map showing Rights of way and other facilities. Follow this link Bedford Borough Council. click “agree” at the bottom of the page then when you see the map select “Rights of way” from the pull down menu on the left.

Central Bedfordshire Council Central Beds ROW map


Reporting Problems.

If you find a problem with a Right Of Way contact the relevant local authority direct but please also let us have the details for our records. bedfordramblingclub@gmail.com

Bedford Borough Council:- If you have found a problem with one of the rights of way please either email or telephone. Important details to include are the precise location, the nature of the problem and additional contact details.
All enquiries please email Highways. Helpdesk@bedford.gov.uk or Tel: 01234 718003 or write -address: Room 436, 4th Floor, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP

Links to other local councils
Buckinghamshire County Council (new window)
Cambridgeshire County Council (new window)
Central Bedfordshire Council (new window)
Northamptonshire County Council (new window

Bedford Borough council ROW guidance for farmers and landowners

Right of way issues raised by the club.

ROW Wootton Stilelow resWootton Footpath 27 – Keely Lane to Wood End Lane.

Wootton Footpath 27 – Keely Lane to Wood End Lane. Broken Stile in dangerous condition at Keely Lane end. (TL005460)13/8/20 Reported
21/8/2018 Informed that Council had written to Landowner
10/9/2018 Resolved. Stile had been completely removed.


Kempston Rural footpath 18 / Wootton footpath 26 – Wood End Road to Keeley Lane. (SP998464 – SP999463) No signs or access to this footpath at either end.
16/8/2018 Reported
17/8/2018 Advised case given report no 21179
5/12/2018 After chasing several times I was advised that this path was effectively lost in 1993 when due to a planning error permission was granted for a building which blocked access to the path from Wood End Road. There is no chance of getting it reinstated now.


Bedford footpath 31
21/11/2019 Reported

I would like to report a problem with Bedford footpath 31 on the north side of Wentworth Drive towards its junction with Renhold Bridleway 9. This footpath has been very badly churned up and rutted by a vehicle or vehicles. It is a well used footpath for both ramblers and dog walkers which is currently virtually impassable on foot due to the damage.
10/1/2020 Reply after chasing-
A highways report regarding the below was raised under ref. CRN31773 and has been recently update with the below:
The ground was disturbed when a water leak was repaired a couple of months ago. Anglian Water will improve the surface and reseed when ground conditions improve. Currently there is no access to site without causing further damage and the ground needs to dry out.
04/07/2020 Chased by email-
September 2020. Ground leveled and re seeded.

November 2020 Grass now growing. Situation much improved.


Renhold footpath 20 Reported 15/11/2021

Thank you. Your case reference number is CAS-42241-W3F9V1

Here is a recap of your answers:

Report Details
Please provide further details about where the problem is.Renhold footpath 20 appears to be “incorrectly” signed.
Please provide any other information you think will help solve this problem.Renhold footpath 20 from the top of Wood field lane going North through Woodfield farm appears to be “incorrectly” signed from both directions to follow the route shown in yellow from points A to B on the attached map rather than the route shown for footpath 20. Can you please advise if this is an approved diversion and if it is not take any necessary action for it to be properly signed