The Definitive Map and Statement is a collection of certain maps and other documents which together constitute the County Council's legal record of all known public rights of way in Cambridgeshire. The council also keeps records of many of the county's permissive paths. This is where a landowner has agreed to allow the public to use a route on their land, but no legal right of way exists.
Public rights of way and permissive paths can be viewed online on our interactive map of public rights of way.
For commercial companies and individuals wishing to apply for a highway, public rights of way or common land and town/village green search please go to Highway Searches.
The Definitive Map and Statement are public documents and can be viewed during office hours at Shire Hall, Cambridge. For details about how to access documents and other related information, please go to Highways Records.
We continue to review and update the Definitive Map. If you believe you have discovered an error or anomaly please contact [email protected]
View the rights of way improvement plan.
As part of the continual review of our records, the council researches historic routes which may be public highways that should be recorded. Where these ‘Lost Highways’ could provide a useful route, we work with landowners and parish councils to preserve the route or agree a compromise.
If you are interested in helping us by researching historic routes, you can download the Lost highway guide
The Definitive Map can be changed using three different pieces of legislation.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Under Section 53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, any person can apply to record a public right of way which can be proved to exist but is not shown in our records, or to amend a public right of way which can be proved to have been recorded incorrectly, through making an application for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO).
To make a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) application or for further information see the following:
The County Council maintains the below online register of DMMO applications it has received.
The Highways Act 1980
Public Path Orders under sections 25,26, 118 and 119 of the Highways Act 1980 may be made to create, extinguish or divert footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways. An application under this Act must meet specific criteria, pass legal tests and undergo a process of public consultation.
For more information about this process:
The Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Orders to divert and extinguish public rights of way may be made under section 257 of the Town and Country Planning Act, to enable development to take place. The process of changing the Definitive Map under this Act follows the planning process.
If you are involved in development that affects public rights of way you can download the Guidance for planners and developers.
Pre-application advice to potential developers and their agents is available in terms of public rights of way and highway records, as well as for the service areas listed below.
- Planning, ecology and biodiversity, transport and highways, and travel for work
- Historic environment
Please view the pre-application charges
This web page uses data that is public sector information from Cambridgeshire County Council. The data is licensed on terms equivalent to the Ordnance Survey OpenData Licence under the UK Government Licensing Framework, and a charge may be made.
The data is updated approximately fortnightly (this is not the relevant date of the legal Definitive Map and Statement used as a source for this data).
A council's Definitive Map and Statement is the authoritative source of information about the public rights of way in that council's area. The details of the public rights of way network contained in the data supplied on this page are for information only, and are an interpretation of the Definitive Map and Statement, not the Definitive Map itself, and should not be relied on for determining the position or alignment of any public right of way.
For legal purposes, the data does not replace its Definitive Map and Statement and changes may have been made to the Definitive Map and Statement that are not included in this data. The data contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right of the current year. Attempting to view this data at a scale greater than 1:10000 may produce an inaccurate rendering of the route of a public right of way.