Public Rights of Way in Bournemouth
This work aims to document all of the official public rights of way in the Bournemouth Local Authority area, of which there are around 350.
The vast majority of the routes are public footpaths, which account for 339 of the documented routes (although one is now gone and one is untraceable on the ground). There are 7 bridleways and 12 byways open to all traffic, while one route is a byway for part of its length and bridleway for the remainder.
The lengths of the paths are as follows:
It should be noted that the paths are numbered so that there are no 'offshoots' with the same number. For example, where a path diverges with a short corner-cutting alternative (a Y-shape), the offshoot is numbered separately – this leads to quite a number of very short individual paths, as they are a short part of a longer through route. (See for example, footpaths B12, C20, E14, M14, N06, U37.)
rowmaps website, which gives access to the Definitive Map data provided by Bournemouth Borough Council. From this I have hopefully been able to draw up a complete and reliable list of the rights of way. The measurements are taken from the information displayed on the maps of the same website.
A map based on the centre of Bournemouth is here: Link
The only thing I then had to do was to go out and photograph them all.
Each letter prefix denotes a different ward, although the ward boundaries have changed since the system was created. The letters A to O and U are used:
|A||Westbourne; Talbot Woods||I||Southbourne|
|G||Boscombe East||O||Ensbury Park; Redhill|
There are several instances of missing numbers - these are generally routes whose public right of way has been withdrawn. I have included some of them in their numerical position, sometimes with photos where helpful, if I have been able to find any information on them.
Therefore, I have pinpointed the position of the routes in a way that makes them look right on the map. The actual grid references are stated alongside the start and end points, but the mapped points may differ. I have also tried to ensure that the small black dot at the centre of the blue circle is visible, and not obscured by a black line on the map.
Where a path is sufficiently short, one map details the position. Where a path is longer, or where it appears helpful to mark both ends, two maps are used.
In any case, the routes are better viewed on the 1:25,000 maps, whose green dotted lines are shown in almost all cases. Pink dotted lines on the 1:50,000 maps are rarely shown where they would be superimposed on the pink shade denoting buildings.
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