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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
Area* Ordnance
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



                                                  NE Derbyshire

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

Open Street Map – Recorded and unrecorded paths

Open Street Map displays both recorded and unrecorded paths. Derbyshire County Council recorded rights of way are overlaid here

Google Street View

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

Current Definitive Map Modification (DMMO) applications