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Maps of Paths

How to find information about the routes of public footpaths, bridleways and byways in Leicestershire, and about the Definitive Map and Statement.

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Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way

The County Council is required to maintain a definitive map and statement of public rights of way, which is the legal record of public rights of way in Leicestershire.
Only the Definitive Map provides current, conclusive evidence of the existence of a right of way, however, paths not shown on the Definitive Map may also carry public rights. Find out more in our Rights of Way Guide.

Viewing the Definitive Map

The master Definitive Map can be viewed by appointment at County Hall, Glenfield.
A copy of the Definitive Map can be viewed at the following libraries: Blaby, Coalville, Hinckley, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Oadby. This paper edition is dated October 2011, since which time some changes have been made.

Legal and business use of the Definitive Map

Definitive Map ExtractFor statutory or formal purposes (e.g. planning applications), only the master Definitive Map should be used to accurately confirm the location and status of public rights of way.
Purchase an extract from the Definitive Map:
  • The purchase of a Definitive Map extract automatically includes a search for rights of way matters relating to the property, including any outstanding cases.
  • A search costs £40 (VAT not applicable) and
    can be requested by sending a cheque, made payable to 'Leicestershire County Council', to:
Public Rights of Way, Room 700, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, LE3 8RJ

Changes to the Definitive Map

It is the duty of the County Council to make sure the Definitive Map reflects reality by modifying it to remove discrepancies between the rights that exist and those that are recorded.
The Council must make and confirm a definitive map modification order, which must be supported by suitable legal evidence, before a change can be made to the Definitive Map.
Contact or 0116 305 0001 for more information about:
  • How to divert or remove a public right of way
  • How to add or change a public right of way by agreement or by order
  • How to add, remove or change a public right of way based on evidence

Other Rights of Way Mapping

Online map of Leicestershire paths and walking routes

For general guidance and leisure use, see our online map.
  • The online map should NOT be used for statutory or formal purposes.
  • Only the Definitive Map & Statement provides current, conclusive evidence of the existence of a right of way, however, paths not shown on the Definitive Map may also carry public rights.

Ordnance Survey maps

Ordnance Survey (OS) 'Explorer' maps show public rights of way and other routes with public access in considerable detail.
  • Streetmap and Bing Maps include OS Explorer mapping but may not show recent changes (Streetmap is generally more up-to-date).
  • Visit Ordnance Survey for information about the latest paper maps and a whole range of free and premium services and mobile apps.
  • Note: Leicestershire County Council supplies Ordnance Survey with details of all rights of way route changes but can take no responsibility for how current, or indeed how accurate, is the information shown on OS maps.

Page Last Updated: 10 November 2015