Definitive Map and associated registers

Click the sections below to find out more about the map and how to request changes.

What is the Definitive Map and Statement?

It is a legal record of the public rights of way and shows the routes of each public footpath, bridleway, restricted byway and byway open to all traffic in the county.

The Council must maintain a Register of all applications for Definitive Map Modification Orders made under s.53 of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act (Statutory Instrument: 2005, no.2461). We are required to maintain this Register with effect from 31 December 2005. There is an online version of the Register; however, a paper copy of the Register is also required to be kept for public inspection at the Shire Hall Offices.

View the Modification Order Register online

You can search the online Register by a variety of search terms, including Parish, Village or nearest Town. If you are not sure which Parish your location is situated in, you can use the Ordnance Survey Election Map in order to locate the parish name.

Updated for Mar.2022: We have made some enhancements to the online Register - we've changed the layout slightly and included more fields. Please note that some of the new fields are yet to be fully populated on the older records; this work will be completed in due course, so please bear this in mind.

New for Nov.2021: The approximate location of currently 'unresolved' applications can be viewed on our online Rights of Way Map. The information shown does not form part of the official Register of Applications, but is intended as a useful aid.

If you believe the Register of Applications (or the map) contains an error, or if you have any queries about an entry, please contact us at, quoting the 573/11/xxx(x) reference number. We will aim to investigate any suggested error which is brought to our attention, and correct if necessary, within 28 days.

Page updated: 24/03/2021 Page updated by: Highways

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