The Definitive Map is a legal record of the public’s rights to use footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.
A Definitive Statement accompanies the Map, which describes the route of each right of way in greater detail, some widths and any restrictions on use.
The Definitive Map and Statement provide a snapshot of the state of the rights of way network at one particular point in time, which is known as the ‘Relevant Date’.
How up to date is the Definitive Map?
The Definitive Map and Statement for Bracknell Forest Borough has a Relevant Date of 1 January 2013.
This second consolidated version incorporates all modification orders which have been made and confirmed since 2000. This includes changes such as path diversions, creations and closures, and changes to the Statement alone, including defined widths and updated descriptions.
Meanwhile the council updates working copies of the Map and Statement.
Find out what rights of way are listed
The electronic copies below are not a legal record and you should consult the hard copies of the Map and Statement if you are buying a property or making a planning application.
Hard copies are available for inspection free of charge at our Time Square office.
View online map
You can view rights of way in Bracknell Forest online.
Copies of the A1-sized paper maps are available to view in the PDFs below. Use the - and + buttons and scroll bars to zoom in on a specific area.
DocumentReference sheet for sheets 1 to 8
Modifying the Definitive Map and Statement
Under section 53(5) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 any person may apply to the authority for an order to modify the Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way.
The authority is required to record all applications received for modification orders in its register of applications, within 28 days of receipt.
The register is available in the tables below with a copy of the application forms and maps. A hard copy version can be inspected by appointment at our Time Square office.
The authority will investigate the claim and aims to make a decision within 12 months. Depending on the outcome of the authority’s investigation into the evidence supporting the claim, a decision will be made whether or not to proceed with a modification order under section 53(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
If the authority refuses to make an order, the person applying may appeal to the Secretary of State.
Register of Definitive Map Modification Order applications
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
This act requires that we keep a register of a all applications for Definitive Map Modification orders.
This register contains details of each Definitive Map Modification Order application. It includes information such as:
- its location
- position in the application process
- what any modification could entail, if successful
- outcome of application
We will update it as and when we receive new applications or progress is made on those already on the register.