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Public Rights of Way Open Data and Licensing

This page is my attempt to record the availability and licensing of open data on Public Rights of Way from each of the Surveying Authorities in England and Wales. (Scotland and Northerin Ireland have different approaches to Rights of Way.) Rows with grey text correspond to Inner London Boroughs and the Isles of Scilly, which are exempt from the requirement to maintain a Definitive Map and Statement. To ensure everything is verifiable, the entries in the table are based on statements and data coming directly from the councils concerned, or via an official OpenData portal. The Rowmaps website has a lot more data, but a lot of that has been provided privately. If you spot any errors in the tables or anything that needs updating, then please get in touch.

Note that only datasets that have been released under the Open Government Licence or another licence that is compatible with the ODbL may be used in OpenStreetMap (provided the required attribution statement has been added to the Contributors wiki page). The online maps produced by many authorities cannot be used if they contain a third-party (unlicensed) base map. See Use of Rights of Way Data in OpenStreetMap for further details. I have a PRoW progress tool that makes use of the Council data to help with OSM mapping. When suitable data is published, I am happy add more authorities (see conditions). In the tables below, authorities with a star (*) in the second column are ready to be imported if/when anyone requests it. Those with a plus sign (+) need the licence clarifying. Those with a cross (×) need a look-up table to convert parish reference numbers to names.

Authorities in England

Surveying Authority RM Type OM GIS Data DS TROs LoS PT DSI Notes
Barking and Dagenham LBO
Barnet LBO Definitive maps can be found in the FOI Disclosure Log https://barnetportal.icasework.com/cases?&public=true&byCaseType=false&byKeyword=true&max=20&title=Barnet%20Disclosure by searching for 26/01/2017.
Barnsley * BL MTD OGL 3
Bath and North East Somerset BS UTA OGL 3
Bedford BF UTA
Bexley BX LBO N/L
Birmingham × BI MTD OGL 3 EIR & RoPSIR request made at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_an_7 ; accepted following internal review and data sent to me personally and passed on to Rowmaps. Currently waiting for data to be published directly by the council.
Blackburn with Darwen * BB UTA OGL 3 OGL 3
Blackpool BP UTA N/L
Bolton * BO MTD OGL 3 (dl) Three-letter codes are used for parishes/areas in GIS data, but I have a list from the council.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole UTA The three former councils, each seem to have their own PRoW pages: https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/travelandtransport/Walk/PublicRightsofWay.aspx https://www.christchurch.gov.uk/roads-highways-maintenance/rights-of-way/public-rights-of-way-maintenance.aspx https://www.poole.gov.uk/streets-and-travel/cycling-and-walking/public-rights-of-way/
Bracknell Forest * BC UTA OGL 3 (dl) N/L
Bradford * BA MTD OGL 3 (dl) Download of RoW GIS data is in two parts; one for the former borough and one of the outer area.
Brent LBO N/L
Brighton and Hove BH UTA
Bristol BZ UTA
Bromley * BR LBO OGL 3 (dl)
Buckinghamshire × BM UTA OGL 3 (dl) N/L GIS file uses three-letter abbreviations for the parishes.
Calderdale CA MTD
Cambridgeshire CB CTY OGL 3 (dl) OGL 3 N/L N/L
Camden LBI  
Central Bedfordshire BK UTA
Cheshire East CH UTA
Cheshire West and Chester CC UTA
City of London LBI  
Cornwall CN UTA OGL 3 (dl) N/L Parishes only identified by numbers in GIS data. Lookup table requested at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/parish_numbers_in_public_rights
Coventry MTD
Croydon LBO N/L N/L
Cumbria × CU CTY OGL 3 N/L Definitive Statements not held in electronic form as of 2017. Dataset released excludes National Park area, and uses 3-digit parish codes in place of names. Request made to clarify: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_5
Darlington UTA
Derby UTA
Derbyshire DY CTY OGL 3 (dl) N/L
Devon DN CTY OGL 3 (dl)
Doncaster DR MTD
Dorset × DT UTA OGL 3
Dudley DZ MTD
Durham DU UTA
Ealing LBO
East Riding of Yorkshire EY UTA OGL 3
East Sussex ES CTY OGL 3 (dl)
Enfield LBO
Essex EX CTY OGL 3 (dl) OGL 3 N/L N/L Data and re-use request for GIS data and statements at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_an_8 . New request for GIS data and updates made at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_8
Gateshead GH MTD N/L
Gloucestershire GR CTY OGL 3 Statements not held in electronic form: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_an_6
Greenwich LBI  
Hackney LBI  
Halton UTA
Hammersmith and Fulham LBI  
Hampshire HP CTY OGL 3 (dl) OGL 3 OGL 3 OGL 3 Permission to re-use the Statements, List of Streets, and list of TROs granted at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/re_use_of_definitive_statements
Haringey LBO
Harrow LBO
Hartlepool UTA
Havering LBO N/L N/L
Herefordshire HE UTA OGL 3 OGL 3 Data can be downloaded from https://restservices.herefordshire.gov.uk/opendata/services/publicrightsofwayservice via https://restservices.herefordshire.gov.uk/publicrightsofway/mapsearch?Query=POLYGON((-3.2%2051.8,-2.3%2051.8,-2.3%2052.4,-3.2%2052.4,-3.2%2051.8))&Simplify=1&Type=all&Version=1&format=json but only under OS-ODL. Also Definitive Map REST service at https://restservices.herefordshire.gov.uk/highways/definitivemap/mapsearch under PSMA.
Hertfordshire HD CTY OGL 3 (dl) N/L N/L
Hillingdon LBO
Hounslow LBO
Isle of Wight IW UTA OGL 3 N/L
Isles of Scilly UTA Under s100 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/37/section/100/enacted) the Isles of Scilly are excluded from the duties to record and map Public Rights of Way.
Islington LBI  
Kensington and Chelsea LBI  
Kingston upon Hull KH UTA
Kingston upon Thames LBO
Kirklees KL MTD
Knowsley MTD
Lambeth LBI  
Lancashire LA CTY OGL 3 GIS data and Definitive statements supplied on a CD in response to https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_definitive_2
Leeds MTD
Leicester LC UTA N/L N/L
Leicestershire LT CTY
Lewisham LBI  
Lincolnshire LL CTY
Liverpool MTD GIS data held according to https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/prow_data_23
Luton UTA WFS server quoted at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/0537cdbd-60ad-462f-ace6-2e94fc6d90ba/public-rights-of-way appears not to be working
Manchester * MA MTD OGL 3 Online map and GIS download cover the whole of the Greater Manchester area
Medway ME UTA N/L
Merton LBO
Middlesbrough UTA
Milton Keynes UTA
Newcastle upon Tyne MTD
Newham LBO
Norfolk NK CTY OGL 3 (dl) OGL 3 OGL 2 No central list of TROs; would need to search each parish file individually for those affecting Rights of Way.
North East Lincolnshire UTA
North Lincolnshire NI UTA N/L N/L N/L TRO page only seems to include recent orders.
North Somerset NS UTA
North Tyneside MTD
North Yorkshire NY CTY OGL 3 (dl)
Northamptonshire NN CTY N/L TROs in three lists: seasonal, permanent, and temporary.
Northumberland ND UTA Page at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/92081172-2856-47d0-8034-a37b57f50c60/public-rights-of-way-northumberland claiming PRoW data under OGL, but link doesn't seem to work.
Nottingham + NG UTA OS-ODL Conflicted description of licence for GIS data. Site says OGL, but then includes OS-ODL additions.
Nottinghamshire NT CTY
Oldham × OH MTD OGL 3 (dl) N/L Abbreviations used for parishes in GIS file, but only 8 values and can identify manually.
Oxfordshire ON CTY OGL 3 OGL 1
Peterborough PE UTA
Plymouth × PY UTA OGL 3 (dl) N/L N/L GIS file uses numerical codes for parishes. Need to obtain lookup table.
Portsmouth PO UTA N/L
Reading RG UTA
Redbridge LBO
Redcar and Cleveland RC UTA WFS sever previously link from https://data.gov.uk/dataset/aa40ec4b-5f03-4e4e-aad1-64ce74c9c7cb/redcar-and-cleveland-borough-council-public-rights-of-way but that page has now gone. Direct download link was previously http://inspire.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/geoserver/RCBC_INSPIRE_WFS/wfs?request=getfeature&version=2.0.0&typeName=RCBC_INSPIRE_WFS:RCBC-PROW&outputformat=SHAPE-ZIP .
Richmond upon Thames LBO N/L
Rochdale RD MTD
Rotherham RO MTD N/L (dl)
Rutland RL UTA
Salford * SC MTD OGL 3 (dl)
Sandwell MTD
Sefton SE MTD
Sheffield * SP MTD OGL 3 OGL 3
Shropshire SH UTA
Slough YT UTA
Solihull MTD
Somerset ST CTY OGL 3 (dl) Licence to re-use GIS granted at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/licence_for_re_use_of_public_rig . Details of numbering scheme at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/rights_of_way_numbering_query . OGL also stated implicitly at https://www.somerset.gov.uk/our-information/the-re-use-of-our-information/ .
South Gloucestershire SG UTA OGL 3 GIS data and statements requested at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_an_9
South Tyneside MTD
Southampton SO UTA N/L
Southend-on-Sea UTA N/L
Southwark LBI  
St Helens SN MTD
Staffordshire SF CTY N/L See http://www.rowmaps.com/datasets/SF/ for PRoW GIS licence details.
Stockport * YY MTD OGL 3 Abbreviations used for parishes/areas in the GIS file, but only a few and they can be worked out manually.
Stockton-on-Tees + SM UTA OS-ODL
Stoke-on-Trent UTA
Suffolk SK CTY OGL 3 OGL 3 OGL 3 OGL 3 GIS Data and statements previously obtained via https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_an and . But now parties can request to be added to a mailing list to receive quarterly updates. Permission to use List of Streets at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/list_of_streets_maintainable_at
Sunderland MTD
Surrey * SU CTY OGL 3 (dl)
Sutton LBO
Swindon UTA N/L GIS data held according to https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/prow_data_38
Tameside TS MTD
Telford and Wrekin UTA
Thurrock TU UTA
Torbay TB UTA
Tower Hamlets LBI  
Trafford × TR MTD OGL 3 Online map and GIS download cover the whole of the Greater Manchester area
Wakefield WE MTD
Walsall WA MTD
Waltham Forest LBO
Wandsworth LBI  
Warrington WG UTA
Warwickshire WK CTY OGL 3 N/L Previous successful request at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_information
West Berkshire WB UTA N/L N/L
West Sussex WS CTY  
Westminster LBI  
Wigan * WN MTD OGL 3 N/L
Wiltshire WT UTA  
Windsor and Maidenhead WC UTA — (dl) N/L
Wirral × WR MTD OGL 3 (dl) N/L
Wokingham WJ UTA
Wolverhampton MTD
Worcestershire WO CTY OGL 3 OGL 3 OGL 3 OGL 3 Statements available as TIFF files from links in the online map. Only Byways with TROs listed in the link. Re-Use of Statements granted at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_an_4 . Reuse of List of Streets and TRO data at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/re_use_of_classified_and_unclass . GIS update requested at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_rights_of_way_gis_data_6
York × YK UTA OGL 3 GIS download is in two parts; there's a second page for Bridleways at https://data.gov.uk/dataset/eb384980-3151-4ddd-b833-b65af3646df5/bridleways . GIS file uses numerical codes for parishes. Need to obtain lookup table.

Authorities in Wales

Surveying Authority RM Type OM GIS Data DS TROs LoS PT DSI Notes
Blaenau Gwent BG UTA
Bridgend UTA
Caerphilly UTA
Cardiff CD UTA
Carmarthenshire UTA
Ceredigion CE UTA
Conwy UTA
Denbighshire UTA
Flintshire FL UTA
Gwynedd GY UTA
Isle of Anglesey IA UTA
Merthyr Tydfil MT UTA
Monmouthshire UTA
Neath Port Talbot UTA
Newport UTA
Pembrokeshire PB UTA
Powys * PW UTA OGL 3 (dl) N/L 20 features in the GIS Shapefile are missing the "Community" (i.e. "Parish") field. Council emailed to see if there's a reason. Also, it appears the DM&S is in three parts (for the three former councils of Radnorshire, Mongomeryshire, and Brecknockshire) and each part uses a different numbering scheme.
Rhondda Cynon Taf RH UTA
Swansea SS UTA
Torfaen TF UTA
Vale of Glamorgan VG UTA GIS data licensed under OGL according to http://www.rowmaps.com/datasets/VG/ but no public statement of this.
Wrexham WX UTA

Summary Statistics

Measure Number Percent
DM&S Maintining Authorities 159 100.0%
Data available on Rowmaps.com 109 68.6%
Online map on authority website 107 67.3%
Data publicly available 51 32.1%
Re-Use permitted under OGL3 43 27.0%
Direct download link available 24 15.1%

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