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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 (Link to page is on the left).

Decisions taken through our Rights of Way Committee procedures are on our committees page of this website.

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.

We are obliged to keep a register of all current modification order applications.  This is on our statutory register page.

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 Public Footpath 355043 at Yew Tree, Greenholme, Orton Parish

Parish: Orton Parish

Location: Yew Tree, Greenholme, Orton Parish

Proposal: Divert the public footpath at Yew Tree from the road at NY 5973 0575 across the beck and through Yew Tree Cottage and Farm to NY 5963 0583, to a new line from the road at NY 5971 0579 following the southern bank of the beck then crossing via a new bridge to NY 5963 0583, as shown on the Order plan.

Objection and Representation Period: Six weeks from 26 June 2021

Link to Order and Notice: Notice and Order Yew Tree

Diversion of footpath 264009/201004, King's Wood, Wythop and Above Derwent Parishes

Parish:  Wythop and Above Derwent Parishes

Location: King's Wood and Beck Wythop, Wythop Woods

Path: Footpath 264009/201004

Proposal: Divert the footpath in King's Wood between NY 2081 2811 and NY 2153 2793 to a new line varying from five and fifty metres to the south.  The path will be improved before the Order comes into effect with a flight of steps, a new bridge and levelling, clearance, and drainage.

Objection and Representation Period: 28 May 2021 to 28 June 2021

Link to Order and Notice - Notice, made order 264009/201004, King's Wood

Various changes to rights of way network, Brotherilkeld, Eskdale Parish

Parish: Eskdale Parish

Location: Brotherilkeld, Eskdale

Path: Footpaths 408008, 408028, 408029, 408032, 408092, 408093

Proposal: Divert, extinguish and create footpaths to reflect paths used on the ground namely:

Divert, extinguish, and create footpaths to reflect paths used on the ground, namely:

Divert, extinguish, and create footpaths to reflect paths used on the ground, namely:

  • South of Brotherilkeld
    • Extinguish section of path 408032 shown in beck from NY 2120 0115 to NY 2118 0131.
  • Brotherilkeld / Taw House
    • Move path 408028 (extinguish and create) from farm (NY 2129 0143) to bridge (NY 2125 0149) to line slightly to south through yard (NY 2128 0142 - NY 2124 0147);
    • Create path 408092 across bridge and to Taw House - NY 2125 0149 to NY 2107 0157).
  • Brotherilkeld northwards
    • Divert path 408008 from field route between NY 2122 0140 and NY 2141 0180 to riverside route, and from there to NY 2148 0198 from riverside to top of old riverbank to the east;
    • Create path 408093 from NY 2148 0186 north-east to NY 2194 0235.
  • North-east of Brotherilkeld
    • Divert path 408029 heading south east from NY 2140 0149 to new start point just north at NY 2142 0150, rejoining mapped route at NY 2143 0144;
    • Divert path 408032 heading northwards from NY 2142 0150 to NY 2237 0284 to new route following used line ending at NY 2226 0273.
  • These replace similar Orders made on 19 October 2010, which have now been abandoned.

Objection and Representation Period: Until 3 June 2021

Link to Order: Diversion, Exinguishment and Creation Order, Notice and Map

Creation of footpath 345058/321035 at Rumney's and Salmond's Plantations, Dacre and Matterdale Parishes

Parish: Dacre and Matterdale Parish Councils

Proposal: We have entered into agreements to create a public footpath from the existing footpath west of Maiden Castle at NY 4481 2423, southwards and eastwards to and through Rumney's Plantation to NY 4558 2397, then sig-zagging down through Salmond's Plantation to the roadside footpath at NY 4609 2410.

Objection and Representation Period: None

Date agreement effective: 13 April 2021

Link to map: overview map

Date to remove from website: 15 October 2021

Creation of Bridleway 510041 and 510042 alongside B5285 between Hawkshead and Near Sawrey, Claife Parish

Parish: Claife

Proposal: We have entered into an agreement with the National Trust to create two bridleways alongside the B5285 between Hawkshead and Near Sawrey - between SD 3591 9799 - SD 3612 9722 and SD 3653 9617 - SD 3684 9576.

Objection and Representation Period: None

Date agreement effective: 25 January 2021

Link to Maps:  510041 Near Sawrey to High Crag and 510042 Wraymires to Colthouses Heights

Expiry: Wednesday 20 October 2021