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Definitive map

Public rights of way are recorded on Definitive Maps and described in accompanying Statements.

A guide to the mapping of Public Rights of Way

Public rights of way are recorded on Definitive Maps and are described in accompanying statements. The maps were drawn up following surveys carried out by parish councils in the 1950s to identify all known public rights of way. The maps provide conclusive evidence as to their existence and status at the date the routes were first recorded (this is known as the ‘relevant date’).

Lincolnshire County Council, like all surveying authorities, is required to maintain the maps and statements and make them available for public inspection.

You can check the location of paths near you by looking at the definitive map. Copies can be viewed at County Offices, Lincoln, and District Council Offices around the County.

Copies of the working copy of Public Rights of Way map can be viewed by contacting the Countryside Access team.

Changes to the Definitive Map and Statement can only be made by making a legal order, which must be confirmed before it has effect.

Local authority searches

The Definitive Map and Statement is consulted to enable the County Council to respond to any local search enquiries regarding whether land or property is affected by any public rights of way. 

A local search will not provide information about public rights of way where the optional search question regarding public rights of way is not requested to be answered.

Ordnance Survey maps

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps, which are produced by the national mapping agency, on a scale of 1:25000 or other commercial maps and guides are useful for planning a walk or ride as they show public rights of way and other routes with public access. 

The County Council provides Ordnance Survey with information about public rights of way but this can become out of date as Ordnance Survey do not update their maps as soon as changes to the Definitive Map are made. They do not provide legal proof of the position or status of public rights of way.

See our interactive map which shows all public rights of way, nature reserves and access land in Lincolnshire.


View Definitive Map Modification Order Application details online.

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Last updated: 1 February 2016

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