Snowdrops near Loweswater copyright Michael Turner

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

Creation of Public Bridleways and associated extinguishment of redundant sections of footpaths - Hawkshead to Wray

Parish: Claife and Hawkshead Parishes

Location: Hawkshead to Spicka Lane

Path: Various footpaths and bridleways

Proposal: We have entered into agreements with the landowners to create missing sections of a through bridleway from Black Beck, Hawshead to Wray via Scar House Lane, Loanthwaite, Blelham Tarn and Spicka Lane, and made an extinguishment order for four short sections of footpaths now made redundant and bypassed by the new bridleway at Black Beck (SD 3533 9839 to SD 3544 9854), Loanthwaite (SD 3548 9913 to SD 3554 9928), Birkwray (SD 3551 9966 to SD 3560 9966) and Blelham Tarn (NY 3625 0023 to NY 3617 0038) totalling about 600 metres - all of which have been bypassed by the equivalent length of bridleway alongside but on a better route.

Objection and Representation Period: 23 April 2021 to 12 May 2021

Link to Order and Map: Extinguishement Order, Creation Agreement Maps, and Notice

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

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:

  • 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 27 May 2021

Diversion Order, Creation Order, Extinguishment Order, Map and Notice

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

Made Order - Diversion of Public Footpath 355043 at Yew Tree, Greenholme, Order Parish

Parish: Order Parish

Location: Yew Tree, Greenholme

Path: Footpath 355043

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.

Objection and Representation Period: 6 February 2021 to 8 March 2021

Order and Notice: Public Footpath 355043 at Yew Tree, Greenholme

Creation, Extinguishment and Diversion of Public Footpaths at Redmire and Eycott Hill, Mungrisdale Parish

Parish: Mungrisdale Parish

Location: Redmire and Eycott Hill, Mungrisdale

Path: 348009, 348044, 348045

We have confirmed a number of diversion, extinguishment and creation orders in the Eycott Hill and Redmire area.  The result has been to create a new path from the car park on the Berrier Road (NY 393 300) to the open access land, to create a new public footpath along the track to Redmire (NY 373 298) from the Mungrisdale road, to divert the footpath out of Redmire’s curtilage and garden, to divert the footpath south of Redmire onto the track, and to replace the redundant section of footpath east of Barrow Beck, with a new public footpath to the open access land on the western flanks of Eycott Hill (two new bridges have been built to facilitate this access). See Maps and orders for details. We would like to thank the landowners, and Cumbria Wildlife Trust in particular, for their assistance in bringing about these improvements.

Notices and Orders for Redmire, Eycott Hill, Mungrisdale Parish (33MB)

Expiry date - 1 April 2021