The Definitive Map

​The Northamptonshire Definitive Map (and Statement) are the legal records of all the county's public rights of way (footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic).

Where can you view the Definitive Map?

The Definitive Map is on deposit at the following locations:

  • Definitive Map Team, Riverside House, Riverside Way, Northampton (please contact the department if you would like to make an appointment to view the map)
  • Local Studies Room at Northampton Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton (the map can be viewed during their normal opening hours)
  • Principal offices of Northamptonshire District and Borough Council Offices (for their District or Borough only)
  • Every Parish Council in the County (for their parish only)

Changes to the Definitive Map

Any person believing details contained within the Definitive Map or Statement to be incorrect may apply for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) which, if made and confirmed, will amend the map and statement to ensure that it is a correct record of the public rights of way.

Rights of way

The Definitive Map is not intended for recreational use. If you wish to know where rights of way are for recreational purposes, we recommend that you purchase an Ordnance Survey Landranger or Explorer series map.

Alternatively you can view the approximate location of rights of way through our interactive mapping system.

Please note: The information displayed on the Interactive Map is not 'The Definitive Map' and cannot be used for legal purposes.