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Definitive maps online

Published: 24 January 2009

Definitive Maps

SY9180 : Public footpath sign, Devil's Staircase by Jim Champion
The Rights of Way shown on Ordnance Survey maps aren't necessarily exhaustive, and they may not always be accurate as changes to the Right of Way network made between map editions don't make it on the map. In England and Wales, the local authorities (unitary authorities or counties) are required to maintain a Definitive Map and Statement on paper, which is both definitive and up to date and must be publicly accessible. In National Parks, this may be delegated to the relevant National Park Authority. The rules in the other four jurisdictions covered by Geograph Britain and Ireland are different, and the above doesn't apply there.

In addition to the Definitive Map and Statement on paper, many local councils offer an online version of their Rights of Way map. These online versions aren't definitive in the legal sense but are meant to reflect what is shown on the Definitive Maps. In many cases, these also show temporary closures and diversions. Some also show rights of way furniture, such as gates, stiles and bridges. Online maps may also include 'list of streets' data, which should identify which minor roads or green lanes are public highways (see the discussion on ORPA for more information).

Below is a list of links to online versions of Definitive Maps of local councils in England and Wales. In some cases it is necessary to accept terms, but no registration or payment is necessary in any case. A few councils have also made copies of the Definitive Statement online.

A number of local councils have made their data available to the public, and the website rowmapsExternal link provides a tool to view these data in several different mapping media.

The list is based on posts on the Geograph forum. If you would like to add information, please either edit this article directly, or can post to the relevant forum thread. Similarly, if you find that a map link no longer works or the menus have been changed, please drop us a line.



Isle of Man

IoM mapExternal link

England & Wales (mostly)

Acknowledgement. Hugh C, Keith Edkins, Bob Embleton, Ben Gamble, ceridwen, Richard Greenwood, Derek Harper, Andrew Henry, Dave Hitchborne, David Lally, David Martin, Alan Murray-Rust, Nigel Mykura, Ian Rutson, Kevin Beeden, Evelyn Simak, Adrian Cable, Amy Malcolm and Mr Red supplied various map links.

This article is now open for collaborative editing. Please add or update any local authority RoW mapping sites that you come across.
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