The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives all non-motorised users statutory access rights to most land and inland water. This means that paths are for everyone – there are no paths just for pedestrians, cyclists or horses – we have to share the space and we all have to behave responsibly.

All users:

  • Show consideration for other users.
  • Use your skills of observation, anticipation and forward planning to avoid conflicts with other users.


  • Ride at a sensible speed, appropriate to the path conditions.
  • Be extra careful at bends and entrances. Be prepared to slow down, stop or dismount if necessary.
  • Slow down when approaching other users.
  • Ring your bell well in advance when coming behind pedestrians and slower cyclists. (This is to alert other
    people to your presence, not to order them to get out of your way!)
  • Ring your bell when approaching a blind corner – you never know what’s round it!
  • Be aware that some path users may have visual and hearing impairments or be wearing headphones.
  • Pass people slowly and give them space. Take particular care when passing children, less able people
    and animals.
  • Be courteous and say “Thank you” to people who move aside to let you pass.


  • Listen for bicycle bells or warnings from approaching cyclists. The cyclist is making you aware that they
    are looking for a safe opportunity to pass. (If you are wearing headphones you won’t be aware of what’s
    happening around you. It’s best not to wear headphones at peak times.)
  • Allow cyclists to pass you when it is safe.
  • If a cyclist stops and waits for you to pass, say “Thank you”.

Dog Walkers:

  • Keep your dog under control
  • Don’t let your dog’s lead obstruct other users.
  • Clear up after your dog.

Horse riders:

  • Keep your horse under control.
  • Don’t let your horse damage the path surface or verge.
  • Clear up after your horse.

Thank you!