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Definitive Maps

What are Definitive Maps?

Definitive Maps are the legal record of Public Rights of Way, the map shows the status and route of the Rights of Way.

The Definitive Statement, which accompanies the Definitive Map, which may include, further details such as further defining the position of a Right of Way, it's width or limitations or conditions on the public's rights.

You can use the Lancashire County Council mapping system MARIO (Maps and Related Information Online) to view rights of way anf other map based information for Lancashire.

Can the maps be changed?

The Definitive Map and Statement can be amended if new evidence of rights of way or errors in previously recorded information is discovered.

Inclusion of a way on the Definitive Map is conclusive evidence of the public's rights along that way. Any information included on the Definitive Statement is also conclusive evidence of that information. 

Where can I view the Definitive Maps?

Copies of the Definitive Map and Statement are available for viewing by the public at a variety of locations throughout Lancashire:

  • Lancashire County Council online maps MARIO (Maps and Related Information Online)
  • Lancashire County Council Countryside Service - The actual Definitive Map
  • District Councils - e.g. Ribble Valley Borough Council. Copy of the Definitive Map covering their district area.
  • Also some Parish Councils and libraries will have copies.

No charge will be made to view the map and it will be made available any member of the public on request during office hours, although it is always helpful to call in advance and make an appointment on 01200 425111.

Ordnance Survey maps at 1:25000 (Explorer - Orange and Pathfinder - Yellow) and 1:50000 (Landranger - Pink) show rights of way information derived from the Definitive Map.

The information shown on these maps will not show any changes to the network made after they were published. Refer to the key on your map to see the classification of the Rights of Way. 

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