Latest News: Progress as at April 2018

Research has begun in Widcombe Ward. 13 paths are already legally recorded, with an approximate length of 2.8km.  
 

Widcombe footpath photo

The following wards are still to be researched.  A map showing the paths to be researched is available by clicking on the ward below:

The following wards have been researched:

Westmoreland Ward

Westmoreland photo

Twerton Ward

Twerton footpath photo
  • A Definitive Map Modification Order, Twerton (No.12 - 2017), was made on 19th July 2017.  It was confirmed without modifications on 20th September 2017 and contains 7 public footpaths
  • Two Definitive Map Modification Orders, Twerton (No.13 - 2017) and Twerton (No.14 - 2017) were made on 16th August 2017.  The Orders were confirmed on 11th January 2018.  Each Order contains 21 public footpaths.
  • The confirmed Orders for Twerton can be viewed here: Twerton (No.12 - 2017), Twerton (No.13 - 2017) and Twerton (No.14 - 2017)

Bathwick (& part of Combe Down) Ward

Bathwick path photo
  • A Definitive Map Modification Order was made on 12th August 2015 to add 17 paths to the City of Bath Definitive Map and Statement.
    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 unobjected to part of the Order (comprising of 15 paths) was confirmed without modification on 20th January 2016 by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
  • 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 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.
  • The confirmed Order for Bathwick Ward can be viewed here.

Walcot Ward

Picture of Walcot path

River Path & Towpath

Picture of the towpath
  • 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  The objection to 6 of the paths included in the Order was withdrawn.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 contained approximately 7.9km of path network in various wards and was referred to the Secretary of State for the Environment for determination in June 2015.  The case 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 confirmed Order for the River Path and Towpath 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) - City of Bath

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. 

  • The Definitive Map and Statement are held in Keynsham Civic Centre
  • A copy of the Definitive Map and Statement can be found at the Archives at the Guildhall, Bath 

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.

Definitive Map and Statement (DMS) - Rural areas (outside of the City of Bath)

The Definitive Map and Statement for the area of Bath and North East Somerset outside of the city of Bath can be found at the Keynsham Civic Centre.  For enquiries about Public Rights of way outside of the city of Bath, contact the Public Rights of Way Team on 01225 477532.

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