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2026 and all that ….

Countryside & Rights of Way Act (CROW, 2000)




Guardian article : December 2015

On 1 January 2026 the legal map of rights of way (the ‘definitive’ map) held by the county council will be closed to claims for paths that existed before 1949. Such paths will be legally closed (‘extinguished’).
Well-used, unrecorded footpaths which are not designated rights of way may be lost.






Although this seems some way off, the process of recording footpaths as rights of way is both bureaucratic and protracted.
The County Council are legally committed to processing claims for rights of way, but (especially in view of severe budget reductions) are unlikely to instigate them.

How to claim an unrecorded right of way



The link to the maps below show current rights of way (in bold colours) for all 42 ‘parish’ categories defined by the County Council in the north-east of the county (Bolsover, Chesterfield, & NE Derbyshire).

Area* Ordnance
Survey
Bing
Aerial
Area* Ordnance
Survey
Bing
Aerial
Ashover NED Holymoorside & Walton NED
Ault Hucknall B Killamarsh NED
Barlborough B Morton NED
Barlow NED North Wingfield NED
Blackwell B Pilsley NED
Bolsover B Pinxton B
Brackenfield NED Pleasley B
Brampton NED Scarcliffe B
Brimington C Shirebrook B
Calow NED Shirland & Higham NED
Chesterfield C South Normanton B
Clay Cross NED Staveley C
Clowne B Stretton NED
Dronfield NED Sutton cum Duckmanton NED
Eckington NED Temple Normanton NED
Elmton B Tibshelf B
Glapwell B Tupton NED
Grassmoor NED Unstone NED
Heath & Holmewood NED Wessington NED
Hodthorpe & Belph B Whitwell B
Holmesfield NED Wingerworth NED

*  B   Bolsover   C  Chesterfield   NED   North-East Derbyshire


Bolsover


Chesterfield


                                                  NE Derbyshire










Any lost ways here ?
1898 map
(National Library of Scotland)






Open Street Map






Open Street Map displays both recorded and unrecorded paths



Google Street View




Google Street View, whilst generally not displaying footpaths, often shows them where they meet roads





Current Definitive Map Modification (DMMO) applications