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Rights of Way Obstructions in Norfolk

This page lists known significant obstuctions on Public Rights of Way in the Council of Norfolk. Those marked as 'major' are where it is very difficult or impossible to use the Right of Way. Those marked as 'minor' are where the route is obstructed, but there is a reasonably convenient alterative that can be taken.

Issues have been found on a total of 163 Rights of Way.

Alby with Thwaite (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 8 Minor Path marked on ground across field is not on definitive line.

Ashill (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 9 Minor Route on ground does not follow definitive line.

Attleborough (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Minor No bridge over stream at TM04099355. Route signed on ground from Poplar Lane follows farm track further north (FMS:815337).

Aylsham (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 9 Minor Definitive line obstructed by farm building, but easy way round via RB 8.
BR 24 Major May be obstructed making equestrian / bicycle use difficult.

Banham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 21 Minor Overgrown at west end and most of the way along the field margin.

Beachamwell (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 2 Major Obstructed by overgrown hedge at northern end. See FMS:827411
RB 5 Major
FP 13 Minor Southern end is obstructed near houses. Alternative path exists west from RB 19. FMS:827648
BR 19a Minor Definitive line is obstructed at northern end near houses, but reasonable alternative exists. Track on ground further south does not correspond precisely with line in GIS data. FMS:827654
FP 21 Minor
BR 22 Minor

Beeston Regis (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 19 Minor Route appears to pass though a building "Robin Hill" at TG16274160 near its southern end.

Besthorpe (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 5 Minor Route is obstructed at the Railway line, with no stiles or crossing provided. There is a farm underpass about 85m east of the route, which could be used instead.
FP 7 Major Route is obstructed at the Railway line, with no stiles or crossing provided. As of 2016-04, NCC in discussion with Network Rail over possible diversion to use underpass 45m west on public safety grounds. The underpass currently has a locked gate marked private.

Booton (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Definitive line obstructed, but alternative route exists.

Bradwell (Great Yarmouth)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 20 Minor Possible obsrtuction of Definitive line around sub-station, but alternative route exists.

Bressingham (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Major Significant obstructions on this route, including fence around new property at TM09058204, and a wide unbridged ditch at TM09038227. See: FMS:750032 FMS:750015
FP 9 Major Mapped section near east end not quite on definitive line. Need to check how field boundaries are crossed. Route blocked by bushes and ditch at east end. See FMS:854506
FP 24 Minor
FP 34 Major As of 2016-07, the route is blocked at TM08558171 (FMS:855303).
FP 35 Major Definitive line is mapped in OSM, but the route is obstructed / non-existent on the ground.

Bridgham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor The northern section is completely obstructed on the ground.

Cantley (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 12 Minor Definitive line is obstructed by lagoons at TG38940363, but there's a reasonable alternative available.

Carbrooke (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 3 Major Path was so overgrown it was unusable in July 2014. Unsure of current status. See FMS:500688 .

Carleton Rode (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 12 Minor Route probably obstructed at eastern end; alternative route available on ground.
FP 14 Minor First GR and line in GIS data doesn't match path and bridge on ground.
FP 22 Major Path impassible due to lack of bridge over ditch at TM11749133.

Castle Acre (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 4 Minor SE section obstructed and bridge missing. Another path provides a (longer) way round.

Castle Rising (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 18 Minor If the GIS data is correct, the route is now obstructed. But this means the boundary of the hall has changed.

Caston (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 3 Minor Route obstructed where it should pass through a residential garden at its western end. Possible to divert through field though.

Cawston (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 11 Minor One section of definitive line probably obstructed by woodland. Mapped route follows track to east.

Corpusty (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 10 Minor Stile and bridge are not on Definitive Line

Denton (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 11 Minor At the eastern end of the route, the path on the ground deviates from the definitive line; the latter being obstructed by fencing around a residential garden.

Denver (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 20 Minor
RB 20 Minor Northern section impassible, but replaced by new route and bridge

Dereham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 14 Minor Route is obstructed just south of the stile at TF98251227, but there is a well-trodden alternative path around to the west.
FP 14a Minor The route between TF98241215 and TF98161193 does not exist on the ground, but a bridge linking to Scarning FP 7 provides an alternative parallel route.

Dersingham (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 2a Minor Definitive line obstructed, but alternative track exists.

Diss (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 11 Minor Unclear how path joins track at E end. Line in GIS data shows it passing through buildings.

Drayton (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 5 Minor Definitive line not accessible, but other paths exist.

East Ruston (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 8 Minor Bridge over stream near eastern end isn't quite on the Definitive Line.

East Tuddenham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Major Route obstructed by undergrowth at NW end, with no reasonable alternative (FMS:833052). Path not reinstated along headland and through cropped field (2016-05). Path obstructed by fence at TG09801376 (FMS:833048) NCC highways map shows SE section running through hedgerow. This route is completely obstructed, though it's possible to use the field to the north instead. (FMS:833050)
FP 2 Major Route obstructed by fence and hedge at TG09351303. See FMS:833043.
FP 6 Minor Path not reinstated on the ground, and definitive line not usable, but reasonable alternative exists.
FP 7 Minor Path cut through crop is not quite on the definitive line. Norther end of line in GIS data doesn't match the route in historic OS mapping. The latter corresponds to the available path on the ground.

Fakenham (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 24 Minor Definitive line is overgrown.

Foulden (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Route on ground doesn't quite match definitive line.

Garboldisham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 4 Minor Definitive line obstructed by farm buildings, but alternative track is available to the north.
FP 22 Major No sign of this path on the ground where it should start from FP 8.

Garvestone (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 6 Minor Definitive Line is obstructed in two places by residential properties, but an alternative is available. A diversion order is needed to confirm the current route.
FP 7 Minor Definitive Line is obstructed near residential properties / farmyard, but alternative is available. A diversion order is needed to confirm the current route.
FP 11 Minor Route available on ground for southern half deviates slightly from the Definitive Line. A diversion order is needed to confirm the current route.

Great Ellingham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Minor Path not reinstated across field. No bridge over ditch on definitive line, but can be crossed at nearby culvert.

Great Massingham (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 16 Minor Definitive line may not be accessible on the ground, but there's a parallel track to the west that can be used instead.

Great and Little Plumstead (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 5 Major Original route now obstructed by NDR. Unclear if/how this route has been diverted. GIS data and Statement has yet to be updated.

Grimston (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 22 Minor Reinstated path across field doesn't quite follow definitive line.

Hales (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 5 Minor North end blocked by hedge and ditch, but easy diversion available.

Happisburgh (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 11 Minor Northern end obstructed through caravan park, but reasonable alternative is available.

Hardingham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Route signed on ground and cut through crop does not lie on definitive line.
FP 2 Minor Definitive line obstructed at E end.

Heacham (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor Current sea bank doesn't agree with line in GIS data in two places.

Hempstead (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 10 Minor Cross-field path with marked/reinstated route following desire line, rather than being on the zig-zagging Definitive Line. Suggest route is officially diverted.

Hilborough (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 3 Major Definitive Line is mapped, but route is obstructed and completely impassible. See FMS:762942 .

Hingham (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Minor Route in GIS data does not match path on the ground.

Hockham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Minor Cross-field path not reinstated on definitive line.
FP 10 Minor Route on the ground doesn't follow the definitive line.

Horstead with Stanninghall (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor Route on ground does not follow the definitive line.

Itteringham (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 16 Minor Definitive line is obstructed by a large pond.

Kenninghall (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 5 Major Southern end through wood overgrown and flooded in December 2012. See FMS:295087 .
FP 9 Minor Part through gardens and inaccessible, but alternative track exists around front of properties.
FP 10 Major Definitive line mapped, but probably not accessible.
FP 19 Major Footpath overgrown especially south of wood, though alternatives are available there. Path blocked by a deep ditch at TM02548554 (FMS:841903).
FP 20 Major Path blocked by undergrowth at northern end TM01918451 (FMS:841902). Path blocked by deep ditch and fence at southern end TM02028413 (FMS:841897).

Kilverstone (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Route impassible on ground, but can easily walk around the road instead.

King's Lynn (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 5 Minor Definitive line obstructed by Lynnsport buildings, but alternative paths available.
FP 17 Minor Line of bank has moved, definitive line not updated.
FP 21 Minor Bridge over relief channel doesn't match definitive line. Also, should northern section still exist, as now a Public Cycleway for NCN1?
FP 23 Minor

Little Ellingham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 3 Minor Alignment on ground partly wrong.
BR 4 Minor Alignment on ground partly wrong.
FP 5 Minor Alignment may not be quite right.
FP 6 Minor Alignment on ground partly wrong.

Long Stratton (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 13 Minor Path exists on the ground but with significant deviation from the Definitive Line.

Ludham (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 3 Minor Definitive line is obstructed by new houses, although alternative is available. Presumably the route should have been diverted, but the Definitive Map and Statement have never been amended.

Lynford (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 5 Minor The section NW of St Helen's picnic site is immediately adjacent to the railway, rather than following the track further away. The route immediately adjacent to the railway is not accessible.
FP 6 Minor

Mautby (Great Yarmouth)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 8 Minor Definitive line may be obstructed through property at south end, but alternative exists following service road around the edge.
FP 16 Minor Definitive Line appears to be obstructed by drainage channel, but bridge nearby provides and alternative route.

Mundesley (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 1 Minor Clifftop erosion means some of definitive line no longer available.

Mundford (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Two sections of the Definitive Line are not usable on the ground, but suitable alternatives are. DMMO needed to correct DM&S.

Necton (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Definitive line in GIS data goes through several buildings.

Needham (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 5 Minor Definitive line probably obstructed.

New Buckenham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Definitive line blocked at N end, but alternative path signed and accessible on the ground.
FP 3 Minor Definitive line across western field obstructed by ditch. Easy to walk around though.

North Tuddenham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Major Obstructed by two hedges at TG04601483 and TG04601480. See FMS:837227.
FP 10 Major Line through Poppy's Wood does not follow Definitive Line, and cross-field path not reinstated. Definitive line obstructed by hedges at TG05681386and TG05801395. See FMS:837214. Also obstructed by a hedge at TG06281424, and an overgrown stile at TG06371429, with overgrown scrub in between. See FMS:837205.

Northwold (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 3 Major Western crossing of steam is only via a footbridge. OK for cyclists and pedestrians, but problematic for horses. Also a short section of narrow path by stream is unsuitable for horses.
FP 6 Major Route blocked about 100m south of School Lane by brambles. No alternative available (FMS:820211).

Old Buckenham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 4 Minor Overgrown section of path and broken stiles as of 2014-07. See: FMS:500668 and FMS:500677.

Overstrand (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Cliff-top erosion means the path is now slightly inland from the original Definitive Line.

Ovington (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Landowners have erected misleading signs at south end, claiming that the route is not a Public footpath. See FMS:500711 .

Oxborough (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 4 Minor As of 2016-05, a path has been reinstated through the crop, but it's not on the definitive line.
FP 5 Minor Path not reinstated through crop.
FP 6 Minor Path not reinstated across field, but reasonable alternative using other Rights of Way.

Pulham St Mary (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 8 Minor Definitive line obstructed by unbridged ditch. Alternative route available without too much deviation.

Quidenham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Major Obstructed by Snetterton motor-racing circuit near N end.

Redenhall with Harleston (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 36 Minor Route through garden at S end is obstructed, but FP 39 provides an alternative.

Reepham (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 28 Minor Not reinstated across field, but alternative route following hedgerow is available.

Roudham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Major Path is completely overgrown and impassible shortly after is enters Larling Fen at TL97829011: FMS:815616 . It can't be reached from the other side because of a missing footbridge on Snetterton FP 2.
BR 5 Minor Section through farmyard obstructed, but easy way round.

Runcton Holme (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 1 Major Route in GIS data crosses Relief Channel twice with no bridges.

Salle (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 7 Minor Definitive line blocked near road, but alternative route available.
FP 10 Minor Definitive line not followed by cross-field path, thought he alternative route available is actually better.

Saxlingham Nethergate (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 24 Minor Definitive line of northern section is obstructed, but 'Windy Lane' track available 40m to the west. Suggest route is officially diverted.

Scarning (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor Obstructed at southern end, where it is not possible to get out to the A47. A reasonable alternative exists to follow the southern field boundary and instead cross the A47 with FP 4 and 4a.
FP 2a Minor Route parallel to A47 is obstructed by undergrowth.
FP 7 Minor Section between A47 at TF98241215 and TF98231214 does not exist on the ground, but Dereham FP 14a provides a parallel alternative.

Scole (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 10 Major Mapped route deviates from the definitive line near the electricity pylon at TM13898017. Route obstructed by hedge at TM13878027.

Shelton (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 15 Minor Line available on ground and mapped in OSM differs significantly from line in GIS data, and that suggested by Definitive Statement.

Shipdham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 15 Minor Route in GIS data runs through residential buildings. Has it been diverted?
BR 16 Minor Route in GIS data runs through residential buildings. Has it been diverted?

Shouldham (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 2 Minor

Snetterton (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Route through small-holding north of houses doesn't follow definitive line.
FP 2 Major No footbridge over River Thet at TL98279008, so route is unusable: FMS:812546 . The former presence of a footbridge is explicitly marked on the Definitive Map. (Unable to access route on E of river because Roudham FP is also obstructed.)

South Acre (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 1 Minor Definitive Line deviates from modern track between TF80151349 and TF80251373, and the former is not reinstated acoss the field.
RB 5 Minor The Definitive Line is not reinstated across the field, but it is walkable (crops permitting).

South Lopham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 13 Minor Northern part is not reinstated across field. Definitive Line is blocked by hedge/ditch at TM04978113.
FP 14 Minor Definitive Line is not resinstated across field.
FP 17 Minor Route signed on ground does not match Definitive Statement and GIS data.
FP 19 Minor Route on ground (including a foot bridge over a ditch) does not quite follow the definitive line.
FP 20 Minor Route on ground obstructed and unlawfully re-routed around farm buildings.
FP 22 Minor Route available on the ground does not follow the Definitive Line.
FP 23 Minor Route is overgrown.

South Walsham (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Definitive line passes through lake/pond near pumping station at TG38551515. Available track passes to south. Definitive line should be updated to reflect reality on the ground.

Sparham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor Route described in Definitive Map and Statement now obstructed by nature reserve lake. Alternative path exists around edge, but Definitive Documents need to be updated.

Starston (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 18 Minor Definitive line obstructed. Route should be further south than currently mapped in OSM.

Stow Bedon (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 4 Minor The Definitive Line is obstructed at TL93909470 and also between TL93989441 and TL93939453. But a different route following a track is signed on the ground.
FP 5 Minor Route obstructed by residential garden fence, and by hedge at southern end.

Swaffham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 29 Minor Route blocked from churchyard into Red Lion Yard. Also, sign on entrance to Red Lion Yard from Market Place, claiming "This land is private. No public right of way". See FMS:826526
FP 33 Minor No path evident on ground, apart from old steps in middle. Difficult to pick way between graves, and no access out of graveyard at either end.
FP 57 Minor No path evident on the ground, and hard to walk route avoiding graves.

Thetford (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor Short section at northern end obstrcuted by vegetation, but suitable diversion exists on track.
FP 14 Minor Route signed on ground by Scout centre does not follow definitive line.
FP 15 Minor Route obstructed in a couple of places, but there are reasonable alternatives.
FP 16 Minor Route in GIS data crosses the river away from the Middle Stanch bridge. Presumably a modification order is needed to correct the route.

Thompson (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
BR 4 Minor Obstructed through grounds of Butters Lodge, but alternative path exists on ground along different alignent. Route signed incorrectly as Public Footpath and at wrong location at TL93329614 on Butters Hall Lane.

Thurne (Great Yarmouth)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 8 Minor Possibly obstructed by caravan site, but alternative route available if so.

Tilney St Lawrence (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1a Minor Route obstructed by missing bridge over drain near east end. But reasonable diversion available to N via bridge to FP 6.

Watton (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 10 Minor Reinstated cross-field paths do not follow the Definitive Line.
FP 13 Minor Route way-marks at south end not quite on definitive line. Route obstructed through garden just south of Glebe Road, and by hedge at south end.

Weeting-with-Broomhill (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 6 Minor Definitive line not reinstated across field and is blocked by hedge at S end. Route is signed along nearby track instead.
RB 7 Minor Defintive line data doesn't match current forest track.
BR 15 Minor Definitive Line in GIS data is technically obstructed by Brandon Lock.

West Acre (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 2 Minor Path on ground at western end does not follow the Definiitve Line.

Wickmere (North Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 1 Minor Possible obstruction on Definitive Line at west end, with small deviation needed to cross stream at ford.
FP 6 Minor Bridge over stream near N end is not on the Definitive line.

Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 8 Minor Definitive line blocked by Relief Channel. Bridge available nearby but not on original line. Was the route officially modified? Has E section been converted to a cycle track?

Winfarthing (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 11 Major Path cut through crop not quite on Definitive line. Slight deviation from Definitive Line at western end. Completely blocked / obstructed by ditch, and gardens at east end.

Wood Dalling (Broadland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 3 Minor Route across ploughed field not reinstated as of 2020-01.

Wormegay (King's Lynn & West Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 4 Minor Definitive line not accessible, but alternative route is signed and fine to use. Suggest route is officially diverted.

Wretham (Breckland)

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Type No. Severity Notes
RB 8 Minor Most of route is obstructed/overgrown on the ground, though there are forest tracks that can be used instead.

Wymondham (South Norfolk)

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Type No. Severity Notes
FP 32 Minor The near the north end of the route is obstructed by a hedge, but you can easily carry on along the track to get to the road instead.