Definition of public footpath noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


public footpath

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a way or track along which people walk, especially in country areas. In England and Wales public footpaths are marked on Ordnance Survey maps and are legal rights of way. They are often very old and people have the right to use them even if they cross private land. They allow people to discover the countryside, and organizations like the Rambler's Association try to make sure that they are kept open and are well looked after.