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Changes to the Rights of Way Network

Changes to the Rights of Way Network

The Rights of Way network is not fixed in stone, and over time there have been a large number of changes to the network.  The map below shows the current network, and indicates where consultations are live for potential changes, along with current orders open for objections and representations, along with orders confirmed since 1 April 2016.  These are listed in the tables below the map, with links to the relevant documents.

What sort of changes happen?

Public Path Orders - diversions, creations, and extinguishments

These are changes that move, close or create paths to benefit the public or the landowner/occupier.

Most landowners will soon have a right to apply for orders on their land.  We are obliged to keep a register of all current applications.  This will be added to our webpages when the right comes into effect.

The cost of changes are generally met by the beneficiary or applicant.

This is detailed in our current guidance, costs, and application form.

Decisions taken under delegated powers

Decisions with regard to most public path orders are taken under delegated powers.  Under the Openness of Government Regulations 2014 we publish all these decisions which can be seen here (Need to add link to Openness of Government page).

Decisions taken through our Rights of Way Committee procedures are on our committees page - with links to this also on here (add link to Openness of Government page)

Modification Orders

These are changes made based on historical evidence. If any member of the public believes that the definitive map (the legal record of rights of way) is incorrect, then they can make an application to us to modify the map.  Changes can be to delete a path incorrectly shown, alter incorrect alignments, change the status (from footpath to bridleway for instance) or add routes not shown in the current map.

  • Guidance on how paths become public rights of way (PDF)
  • Definitive Map Modification Order Application Pack - including guidance (PDF)
  • Form E - Claimed Public Right of Way Evidence(PDF)

We are obliged to keep a register of all current modification order applications.  This is on our statutory register page. https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/countryside-access/Definitive_Map/DMMO_Register.asp

All Modification Order decisions are taken through our Rights of Way Committee procedures and are on our committee page - with links to this also on here.

Public Path Orders and Modification Orders Made or Confirmed in the last six months

Diversion of footpath 345012 at Foxhill, Matterdale Parish

Parish: Matterdale Parish

Location: Foxhill, Matterdale Parish

Path: Footpath 345012

Proposal:  Divert the footpath running through Foxhill to a new line through fields to the west of the property, between NY 4109 2396 and NY 4128 2438.

Objection and Representation Period:  Six weeks from 17 November 2018

Link to Order and Notice:  Notice and Order Foxhill Matterdale

Modification of Rights of Way 585023, 523003, 523005, 361005, 355001 & 361004, "Old Shap Road" Parishes of Whitwell & Selside, Fawcett Forest, Shap Rural and Orton

Parishes:  Whitwell & Selside, Fawcett Forest, Shap Rural, Orton.

Location: Old Shap Road, Whitwell & Selside, Fawcett Forest, Shap Rural and Orton Parishes

Path: Restricted byway 585023 523003 523005 361005 355001 361004

Proposal: Modify the definitive map status of various sections of the Old Shap Road to Restricted Byways rather than Public Bridleways, as follows:

  • Old Plough to Bannisdale; NY 5320 0021 to NY 5411 0099
  • Thorn Cottage to Wolfhowe; NY 5422 0132 to NY 5469 0238
  • Hause Foot to Shap Summit: Ny 5501 0555 to NY 5529 0680
  • Packhorse Hill; NY 5532 0683 to NY 5655 0866

Objection and Representation Period:  27 September 2018 to 9 November 2018

Link to Order and Notice: Right of Way 585023 Old Shap Road, Right of Way 523003 Old Shap Road, Right of Way 523005/361005 Old Shap RoadRight of Way 355001/361004 Old Shap Road

Modification of right of way 307012/305003, Pooley Bridge to Beckfoot (Moor Divock), Parishes of Barton and Askham

Parish:  Barton and Askham Parish

Location:  Moor Divock - Barton and Askham Parishes

Path: Restricted byway 307012 305003

Proposal:  Modify the definitive map status of the right of way from Roehead (Pooley Bridge) over Moor Divock to Widewath/Beckfoot (Heltondale) from a bridleway to a restricted byway.

Objection and Representation Period: 27 September 2018 - 9 November 2018

Link to Order and Notice:  Order and Notice

Bridleway 585028, Above Park Road, Whitwell & Selside Parish

Parish:  Whitwell & Selside Parish

Location: Above Park Road

Path: Bridleway 585028

Proposal: Modify the definitive map by adding a bridleway from the A6 opposite the junction with the U5280 north-east of West View (SD 532 998) west north westwards to the U5276 (Old Shap Road) south west of Plough Farm at SD 530 999.

Link to Order and Notice:  Order and Notice

Creation of Bridleway 510040, Boat House to Larch Cottage, Claife Parish

Parish:  Claife

Proposal:  We have entered into an agreement with the landowner to create a bridleway from Boat House to Larch Cottage from SD 3626 9666 to SD 3619 9685 in Claife Parish, which is part of the Near Sawrey to Hawkshead off-road path.

Objection and Representation Period:  None

Date agreement effective:  21 May 2018

Link to map:  Bridleway 510040

Date to remove from website:  14 January 2019

Creation of Footpath 511093, Border Moss Wood, Colton Parish

Parish: Colton Parish

Proposal: We have entered into an agreement with the landowner to create a footpath from the C5024 (Rusland Valley Road) at SD 3472 8664 generally westwards through Border Moss Wood and along river embankment to the existing footpath to the east end of Crooks Bridge.

Objection and Representation Period: None

Date agreement effective:  11 June 2018

Link to Map: Border Moss Wood

Remove from website: Monday 31 December, 2018

Extension of Public Footpath 220050, Buttermere Lakeshore ('Muddocks Path'), Buttermere & Brackenthwaite Parish

Parish:  Buttermere & Brackenthwaite Parish

Proposal:  We have entered into an agreement with the landowner to create an extension to Public Footpath 220050 south west of Muddocks Crags, Buttermere Lakeshore, from NY 1871 1558 to NY 1912 1542.

Objection and Representation Period: None

Date agreement effective:  5 April

Link to Map:  Footpath 220050