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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 on the Openness of Government- Delegated Decisions page, which can be accessed here.

Decisions taken through our Rights of Way Committee procedures are on our committees page of this website (Rights of Way Committee page can be found here).

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, these can be found on the Cumberland County Council and Westmorland & Furness County Council websites.

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 within the last six months

Made Orders

Diversion of Bridleway 407001, Black Sail Hut, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish

Path

Bridleway 407001

Council area

Cumberland

Proposal

To divert Bridleway 407001 from Point X (NY 1928 1243) for approximately 215 metres eastwards along the made track to Black Sail Hut crossing a splash through ford at Point Y (NY 1946 1240), then south south eastwards for approximately 190 metres along the visible trod to Point Z (NY 1959 1221),as shown on the order plan

Objection and Representation Period

27 March 2024 to 25 April 2024

Link to Order and Notice

Order and Notice

Remove from website

25 April 2024

Diversion of  Footpath 306003 - Haweswater Lakeshore, Bampton Parish

Path

Footpath 306003, Haweswater Lakeshore, Bampton Parish

Council area

Westmorland and Furness

Proposal

Diversion of footpath 306003 onto the used route from Point C (as shown on the southern section of the Order plan at NY 4684 1190) for 380 metres northeastwards through an historic farmstead, crossing three wall gaps at Di (NY 4687 1189), Dii (NY 4686 1190) and Diii (NY 4687 1192) to a wicket gate at Point E (NY 47101 1213), then northwards for about 995 metres, passing under Flakehowe Crags and Castle Crag, rejoining the existing definitive line at Point F (NY 4703 1310).

A further section of footpath 306003 to be diverted is shown on the northern section of the Order Plan between Points G (NY 4705 1319) north-northeast along the lakeshore for approximately 1,675 metres to Point H (NY 4786 1461) where the diversion route rejoins the existing definitive line.

Objection and Representation Period

9 March 2024 to 6 April 2024

Link to Order, Notice and plans for Northern section and Southern section

Remove from website

6 April 2024

Creation of Footpath 306036 - Band End, Bampton Parish

Path

Creation Order, Footpath 306036, Band End, Bampton

Council area

Westmorland and Furness

Proposal

Create Footpath 306036 between Footpath 306002 (Point A as shown on Order plan at NY 467 119) and Footpath 306003 (Point B as shown on Order plan at NY 468 118) at Band End, Haweswater

Objection and Representation Period

9 March 2024 to 6 April 2024

Link to Notice, Order and plan

Remove from website

6 April 2024.

Creation of Footpath 407058 to the south-east of Ennerdale Water, Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish - Order will be determined by Secretary of State

Path

Footpath

Proposal

To create a footpath from FP407024 to the south-east of Ennerdale at NY 1231 1388 generally eastwards     along existing trod to BW407028 at NY 1304 1386 as shown on the order plan.

Objection and Representation Period

30 November 2022 to 4 January 2023

Link to Order and Notice

Current Situation Objection has been received, and matter has been submitted to Secretary of State to determine.

Diversion of bridleway and footpaths at Woundell Beck, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish - Order will be determined by Secretary of State

Path

Bridleway 407028 and Footpaths 407024, 407042 and 407054

Proposal

  1. Divert the bridleway from an incorrectly mapped alignment and from the removed concrete bridge/ford across Woundell Beck (NY 130 138 to NY 133 137) onto the new track and bridge to the south, with consequential changes to:
  1. Divert footpath from new bridleway at NY 131 138 to link northwards to existing footpath;
  1. Divert footpath at NY 133 137 eastwards to meet new bridleway.

Objection and Representation Period

30 November 2022 to 4 January 2023

Current Situation

Objection has been received, and matter has been submitted to Secretary of State to determine

 

Occupation Lane, Broughton West Parish- Modification of definitive map to add two bridleways

Parish: Broughton West Parish (Duddon Parish Council)

Location: Occupation Lane, Broughton-in-Furness

Path: Bridleways 520070 & 520071

Proposal: Modify the definitive map by adding two sections of bridleway along Occupation Lane a) between Station Road in Broughton and Broughton Park, and b) between Broughton Park and Bush Green on the A595

Objection and Representation Period: 18 August 2022 to 21 October 2022

Link to Orders and Notice

Objection has been received and matter has been submitted to Secretary of State to determine.

Modification Order-  Footpaths 409052/419049, Gaterigghow Bridge to Hollins Bridge along the River Irt, Parishes of Gosforth and Wasdale

Proposal

Modify the definitive map by adding a footpath alongside (and across) the River Irt from Gaterigghow Bridge at NY 107 041 to near Hollins Bridge at NY 104 029.

Objection and Representation Period

Objection and Representation period ended 4 May 2023, objections have been received.

Link to Order and Notice

Order, Notice and Site Notice

Objections have been received and matter will be submitted to Secretary of State to determine

Confirmed Orders

Diversion of  Footpath 201017, River Derwent Old Railway Bridge, How, Above Derwent Parish

Council Area: Cumberland

We have diverted a 50 metre section of footpath at NY 249 241 from the collapsed revetment at the base of the old railway bridge to a new line 10 metres to the west, over the old railway.

Objection and representation period: Six weeks from 8 December 2023

Link to Order, Notice and Site Notice

Remove from website: 8 June 2024