Kirklees Definitive Map

The Kirklees Definitive Map is a legal document which records public rights of way.

Prior to the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, whether or not a route was a public right of way could only be determined by a court. The Act made it the responsibility of every county council and unitary authority in England and Wales to survey and officially record each public right of way, which include a category type:

  • public footpaths — "where the public has a right of way on foot and with a wheelchair, pushchair or pram"
  • public bridleways — "where the public has a right of way on foot, with a wheelchair, pushchair or pram, on horseback or leading a horse, and on a bicycle"
  • restricted byways — "where the public has a right of way on foot, with a wheelchair, pushchair or pram, on horseback or leading a horse, on a bicycle, and by horse drawn vehicle"
  • byway open to all traffic (BOAT) — "where the public has a right of way on foot, with a wheelchair, pushchair or pram, on horseback or leading a horse, on a bicycle, in a motorised or non-motorised vehicle, and driving animals"

The Kirklees Definitive Map can be searched online: