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 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.  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 within the last six months

Made Orders

Various changes to rights of way network, Brotherilkeld, Eskdale Parish - Orders being determined by Secretary of State (Nov 2022 - March 2023)

Secretary of State / Planning Inspectorate Process

  • Start Date: 22 November 2022
  • Statement of Case by OMA: 6 December 2022
  • Statement of Case by objector / interested parties: 17 January 2023
  • Comments on statements: 28 February 2023

Queries to  Michael Edwards at The Planning Inspectorate, Rights of Way Section, Room 3/A Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN. Telephone: 0303 444 1338. Email: Please quote reference number ROW/3282626 on all correspondence.

Click this Link to view all  Documentation - If you wish to view the documentation in person, please contact

Paths: 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.

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

To remain on website: until determined by Secretary of State

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




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 will be 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


Bridleway 407028 and Footpaths 407024, 407042 and 407054


  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 will be 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

Date to remove from website: 23 February 2023

Confirmed Orders

Diversion of Footpath 201043 / 212007 at Nitting Haws, Parishes of Above Derwent and Borrowdale

The whole of the footpath between High Close (NY 247 175) and the High Spy ridge path (NY 235 169) via Nitting Haws has been diverted to the used route avoiding the screes and crags.

Objection and representation period ends 7 April 2023

Link to Order and Notice

Remove from website 25 August 2023

Modification Order, Bridleway 212088, Rakefoot to Ashness Bridge, Borrowdale Parish

We have modified the definitive map and statement by adding a bridleway from Rakefoot (NY 283 220) generally southwards (part over existing footpaths) to Ashness Bridge (NY 270 196) - Walla Crag & Cat Gill

Link to Order and Notice

Remove from website: 17 August 2023

Diversion of Footpath 511067, High Dam to High Stott Park, Finsthwaite, Colton Parish

Diversion of part of the footpath between just north of the High Dam car park road (SD 369 882) and just south of High Stott Park (SD 371 885) to a new line around 30 metres to the east.

Objection and representation period: Six weeks from 19 January 2023 (2 March 2023)

Link to Order and Notice and Site Notice

Remove from website: 19 July 2023

Diversion of Footpath 357009, Sykeside to Hartsop Hall, Patterdale Parish

Diverted the footpath across Kirkstone Beck between Sykeside and Hartsop Hall to a new bridge around 10 metres north of the old one - at NY 399 119.

Link to Order and Notice

Remove from website: 3 June 2023

Creation of Public Bridleways, Low Moor End and Broadmoor, Ennerdale and Kinniside Parish

We have entered into agreements to create public bridleways alongside the road at Low Moor End (NY 072 158 to NY 073 158) and through Broadmoor Plantation to Sawdust Lonning (NY 077 158 to NY 084 157).  We would like to thank the landowners (United Utilities and Forestry England) and Ennerdale & Kinniside Parish Council for enabling this creation to happen.

Date agreement effective: 07 September 2022

Links to maps of Low Moor End and Broadmoor Bridleways

Date to remove from website: 10 March 2023

Diversion of Footpath 537003, H&V Factory, Kentmere Parish

We have confirmed the Order diverting footpath 537003 between NY 4561 0194 and NY 4557 0222 from the H&V factory yard to a route through the woodlands to the west of the factory.

Order Confirmed 13 September 2022

Link to Order, Notice and Map

Date to remove from website: 30 March 2023