Latest News: Progress as at March 2019

Widcombe Ward

Research into the public rights of way in Widcombe Ward began in 2018.  An online public consultation began on October 22nd and ended on December 14th. The consultation included 34 paths in the Widcombe Ward.  The responses were analysed and a recommendation report was written which recommends the inclusion of 32 public rights of way in a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) for Widcombe Ward.  To view the report, please follow the link. 

A map showing the paths to be included in the DMMO can be found here.  It is anticipated that a Definitive Map Modification Order will be made in the next few weeks.

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
  • Two orders were 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 orders were confirmed on 22nd October 2008.
  • The confirmed Orders for the Abbey Ward can be found here: Order No.7 and Order No.8.

Kingsmead Ward

Kingsmead Ward (No. 5)

Newbridge Ward

Newbridge Ward (No. 4)
  • Two Orders were 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 Orders were confirmed on 25th April 2007 and 43 public footapths were added to the DMS.
  • The confirmed Orders for the Newbridge Ward can be found here: Order No.4 and Order No.5.

Lambridge Ward

Lambridge Ward (No. 3)
  • Two Orders were 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 Orders were confirmed on 15th November 2006 and 36 paths were added to the DMS.
  • The confirmed Orders for the Lambridge Ward can be found here: Order No.2 and Order No.3.

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.
  • A Public Inquiry was held in April 2014 and the other 2 paths included in the Lansdown Order were confirmed on 25/06/14 by the Secretary of State.
  • The confirmed Order for the Lansdown Ward can be found here.

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.
  • Following the written representations procedure, the other path included in the Weston Order was confirmed on 21/01/14 by the Secretary of State.
  • The confirmed Order for the Weston Ward can be found here.

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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