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Definitive Map

The definitive map and statement is the legal record for public rights of way.
If a right of way is shown on the definitive map and statement, that is conclusive evidence in law that there is a public right of way as shown and that it has at least the status indicated, but without prejudice as to any question of additional public rights which may exist along it.
The current definitive map is not always precise, even though it is the prime legal document. This is because of the small scale, thick lines and distortions in the printing process. It is at a scale of 1:25,000 (two and a half inches to a mile). The updated versions will be produced at 1:10,000 scale.


Each path is numbered according to the parish in which it is situated. The 'working copy' of the definitive map will be altered if the route of a path is changed by a legal order or if new paths are claimed, created or extinguished.

Viewing the definitive map

The definitive map is not available to purchase.
The online version is an electronic representation of the definitive map. It is not a legal document but is useful in understanding where the paths are generally located. 
By appointment only
You can view the actual definitive map and statements at County Hall, Atlantic Wharf CF10 4UW. To book an appointment contact the Public Rights of Way Team.

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