Progress as at November 2017

  • Twerton (research started in July 2015). 6 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 0.2km.  Research has taken place and authorisation was granted to include 49 public footpaths, in 3 legal Orders, in the Twerton Ward and add them to the Definitive Map and Statement for the City of Bath.  The first Order (Twerton No.12 - 2017) was made on 19th July and includes 7 public footpaths.  It was confirmed without modifications on 20th September 2017. The second and third Orders (each containing 21 public footpaths) were made on 16th August 2017.  No objections were made to the second and third Orders for Twerton and they will be confirmed in January 2018.
  • Westmoreland (research started in August 2016).  A Definitive Map Modification Order was made on 2nd November 2017, which seeks to add 17 public footpaths to the Definitive Map and Statement for the City of Bath.  Any objections or representations must be received by 21st December 2017.

The following wards are still to be researched. 

Click on the ward to see a map showing the paths to be included in the research:

  • Widcombe 11 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 2.7km.
  • Southdown 1 path is already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 0.2km.
  • Oldfield 3 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 0.4km.
  • Lyncombe 3 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 0.7km.
  • Odd Down 2 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 0.1km.
  • Combe Down 2 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 0.4km. 

The following wards have been researched:

Bathwick (& part of Combe Down) Ward

Bathwick Photo
  • A Definitive Map Modification Order to add 17 paths to the City of Bath Definitive Map and Statement was made on 12th August 2015.  
  • Two representations were received to the making of the Order for footpath BC54/40 and an error was discovered in the drafting of the route included for BC64/1.
  • The Order was confirmed without modification on 20th January 2016 by Bath and North East Somerset Council and the objected to part of the Order (comprising of 2 paths) was referred to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for determination in March 2016.  The Planning Inspectorate determined the Order by Written Representations and a decision was made on 15th December 2016 to confirm the Order as made for footpath BC54/40 (also known as AQ34) and confirm the Order with modifications for footpath BC64/1 (also known as AQ36).  The proposed modifications for BC64/1 were advertised on site, at the Planning Desk at Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath and in the Bath Chronicle. 
  • The Planning Inspectorate confirmed the objected to part of the Order with modifications to footpath BC64/1 and confirmed the Order as made for footpath BC54/40 on 30th May 2017.
  • 36 paths have been legally recorded in the Bathwick Ward with an approximate length of 12.4km.

Walcot Ward

Walcott Ward photo
  • An Order was made on 5th March 2014 to add 16 public rights of way to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Walcot Ward.
  • The order was confirmed on 9th July 2014.

River Path & Towpath

River Path & Towpath photo

  • An order was made on 16th March 2011 to add 21 public rights of way to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath along and including the river path and towpath.  An objection was received to all of the paths included in the order.  The objection to 6 of the paths included in the Order was withdrawn.  The Order was severed and the 6 unobjected to paths were confirmed on 4th September 2013.  The objected to part of the Order contains approximately 7.9km of path network in various wards.  The objected to part of the Order made for the River & Towpath in 2011 was referred to the Secretary of State for the Environment for determination in June 2015 and was determined using the Written Representations procedure.  The Planning Inspectorate confirmed the objected to part of the Order with modifications to footpaths AQ92a and AQ193 on 27th January 2017.

  • The paths included in the legal order can be viewed here.

Abbey Ward

Abbey Ward Photo
  • An order was made on 13th August 2008 to add 44 public footpaths to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Abbey Ward.
  • The order was confirmed on 22nd October 2008.

Kingsmead Ward

Kingsmead Ward (No. 5)
  • An Order was made on 12th December 2007 to add 22 public rights of way to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Kingsmead Ward.
  • The order was confirmed on 19th March, 2008.

Newbridge Ward

Newbridge Ward (No. 4)
  • An Order was made on 15th November 2006 to add 43 public footpaths to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Newbridge Ward.
  • The Order was confirmed on 25th April 2007.

Lambridge Ward

Lambridge Ward (No. 3)
  • An Order was made on 5th July 2006 to add 36 public footpaths to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Lambridge Ward.
  • The Order was confirmed on 15th November 2006 and 36 paths were added to the DMS.

Lansdown Ward

Lansdown Ward (No. 2)
  • An Order was made on 10th August 2005 to add 14 public footpaths to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Lansdown Ward.
  • The Order was severed and the 12 unobjected to paths were confirmed on 16th November 2005 and added to the DMS.

Weston Ward

Weston Ward (No. 1)
  • An Order was made on 23rd March 2005 to add 23 public footpaths to the definitive map and statement (DMS) for the city of Bath in Weston Ward.
  • The Order was severed and the 22 unobjected to paths were confirmed on 3rd August 2005 and added to the DMS.

Definitive Map and Statement (DMS)

The first DMS for the City of Bath was published on 29th March 2006.  It includes 55 public rights of way within the City of Bath.

A copy of the DMS can be found at the following Council Offices:

  • The Central Library, The Podium, Bath; The Definitive Map is found in Map File 4 in the Miscellaneous Maps section.  The Definitive Statement is held in the Fast Facts Section in Local Pamphlets.
  • Guildhall Bath; The Definitive Map and Statement are held in the Archives.

The map and statement are available to view during office hours.  The intention is to make the map and statement available on-line on the Council’s internet site in the near future. Please note that the Definitive Map and Statement does not yet cover the whole of the city of Bath.  For enquiries about Public Rights of Way in the city, contact the Public Rights of Way Team on 01225 394940.

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