Definitive maps and statements

About the Definitive Map

Special maps have been drawn up so that walkers, riders, farmers and landowners may know which paths are public rights of way. The "definitive maps" show footpaths, bridleways, byways open to all traffic and roads used as public paths (soon to be replaced by restricted byways). If a right of way is shown on the map, that is conclusive evidence, in law, that the public have those rights. However, a right of way may have been omitted from the definitive map. For this reason, the fact that a path is not shown on the definitive map does not necessarily prove that the public has no rights over it.

Search for public rights of way

Search for public rights of way including footpaths, byways and bridleways using our online map.

Definitive statements

Every definitive map is accompanied by a statement describing each right of way. The statement might define the position or width of the path, or give details of any conditions attached to the public's rights. These details are conclusive evidence in law.

Register of Definitive Map Modification Orders


Section 53B(1) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 requires us to keep a register of applications made to surveying authorities under section 53(5) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 for orders to modify the Definitive Map and Statement.

Authorities now need to record all applications which have been made and not determined by the surveying authority under Schedule 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 before the "relevant date" of 31 December 2005, regardless of when the application was received.

The paper and electronic registers can be viewed at the Engineering Division, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EJ during office hours.


The electronic versions of the register can also be viewed by clicking the links below: