The definitive map and statement
The definitive map and statement is the legal record for public rights of way.
If a right of way is shown on the definitive map and statement, that is conclusive evidence in law that there is a public right of way as shown and that it has at least the status indicated, but without prejudice as to any question of additional public rights which may exist along it.
Each path is numbered according to the parish in which it is situated. The ‘working copy’ of the definitive map will be altered if the route of a path is changed by a legal order or if new paths are claimed, created or extinguished.
The definitive statement is the counterpart of the map and is intended to clarify the position and sometimes the width of a path and to record any other details.
The definitive map cannot be purchased but you can view it at the Rights of Way office at Bargoed House, 1 St Gwladys Way, Bargoed, CF81 8AB, where extracts or copies may be arranged. No appointment is necessary, but we advise you to contact us to ensure that someone will be able to help you with your enquiry.
Correcting the Definitive Map
If you believe the Definitive Map and Statement is incorrect, you can apply under Section 53(5) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to have it modified. For example:
- You might apply to add a right of way to the map if a path exists on the ground but is not shown on the Definitive Map;
- You might have used a footpath on horseback for a long period of time, and therefore you could apply to change it to a bridleway;
- Or perhaps you might correct an error shown on the map such as the incorrect alignment of a path.
We keep a register of applications made under Section 53(5) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which is available to view below: