Where you can walk

Wee Binnian Walkers


The 11 district councils have powers and duties to enable access for outdoor recreation provided by the Access to the Countryside (Northern Ireland) Order 1983. The councils must assert any route that they determine is a public right of way. They can enter into agreements for public path creation. Waymarked ways also fall under the councils’ remit.

The councils’ also have a duty to keep maps of public rights of way within their jurisdiction. There are also discretionary powers to maintain pathways, erect signage, stiles and gates.

There is no right to roam on the island of Ireland.

For advice on where is open and accessible WalkNI.com includes a range of walks. Additionally, its sister site OutmoreNI.com includes other locations and parks.

If you are out walking and encounter any changes to the route or any issues, then please report this. WalkNI.com has a report a problem feature. However, if you report to the Federation, we can forward this matter on your behalf. By reporting it gives the relevant council/ government department time to act. In the Republic of Ireland, the organisation which oversees this is Keep Ireland Open. Any issues on the island of Ireland can be reported using the email link below.

Access Issue