The entire North Downs Way follows a series of defined Rights of Way along which, as the name suggests, you have a legal right of access.
An acorn is the symbol of the National Trails and it will be found on a variety of waymark discs, wooden pointers, metal finger posts, stiles, fences and on free standing posts. The use of coloured arrows combined with the acorn clarifies the legal designation of the particular right of way.
A yellow arrow indicates a footpath for use by walkers only and where it is not permitted to cycle, ride or drive a vehicle. 48% of the North Downs Way is footpath.
A blue arrow indicates a bridleway which can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders but not vehicles. 20% of the North Downs Way is bridleway but unfortunately not in lengthy sections at a time which means cyclists and riders keen to experience the Downs must make use of other Rights of Way in the area as well which are designated for them.
A red arrow indicates a right of way which is open for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and motorists to use although there may be local restrictions to some vehicle use. 13% of the North Downs Way is classified in this way although not in any lengthy sections at a time so those interested in exploring the Downs along these routes should make use of other routes in the area as well which are designated for them.