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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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:
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
Expiry: Wednesday 20 October 2021
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
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.
Expiry date - 1 April 2021