Rights of way
A right of way is legally a highway and anyone can use them at any time. There are different types of rights of way, some you can walk, on while others you can ride, cycle, or drive a vehicle on. See further information on rights of way and accessing land on GOV.UK.
With the introduction of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW), you can walk freely on mapped areas of mountain, moor, heath, down and registered common land without having to stick to paths. See further information on open access land: management, rights and responsibilities on GOV.UK.
Rights of way definitive map
Cumbria County Council (CCC) are the Highway Authority responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the public rights of way network in Cumbria. The alignment and status of public rights of way in Cumbria are shown in the definitive map. For further information on the definitive map, including frequently asked questions, see the Definitive Map information on CCC's website.
To report a problem with the public Rights of Way network, or to apply for changes to the map, such as a deletion, addition, or diversion of a route, contact the Countryside Access Team.
For further information
- Contact: Countryside Access Team
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0300 303 2992
Footpath diversion orders
As a planning authority we have the power to deal with applications to divert or stop up (close) public rights of way under s.257 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, where the diversion/stopping up is to enable development which has been (or would be) granted planning permission. However, we must be satisfied that it is necessary for any path to be diverted or extinguished.
If you wish to apply for a path to be diverted under s.257, please see the guidance notes and application form below.
- S257 Application Form (Word Document: 180Kb / 6 pages)
S257 Application Form (PDF: 206Kb / 6 pages)
- S257 Guidance Notes Word Document: 383Kb / 8 pages)
S257 Guidance Notes (PDF: 219Kb / 8 pages)
Telephone the number below for further information on a s.257 footpath diversion and stopping up orders.