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UK Public Rights of Way and Countryside Mapping

Useful links and tools for helping mappers capture and improve mapping data about UK public rights of way and other countryside features.

Information and Guidelines

OSM Wiki: UK Access Provisions
Wiki page describing recommended tagging for Public Rights of Way in England and Wales. See also my unofficial table of rights of way tagging.
Advice for Requesting Rights of Way Documents from UK Councils
Some personal advice on requesting copies of documents held by local councils that may be useful for OSM mapping
Advice for Requesting Rights of Way GIS Data from UK Councils
Some personal advice on requesting copies of documents held by local councils that may be useful for OSM mapping
Managing Public Access
A guide from the Countryside Agency aimed at Land Managers, but also a useful read for the general public. It contains useful information about the rights of users, and duties of land owners, and the duties and powers of Highways Authorities.

Tools and Analysis

JOSM Tagging Presets: EnglandWalesRightsOfWay
A JOSM presets file implementing a hybrid version of the United Kingdom Tagging Guidelines, at least the part about public footpaths, bridleways, byways and permissive paths.
Designation Tagging Warnings
A report on values of the designation tag, listing those values that are close (in the Levenshtein edit distance sense) to common values.
Public Rights of Way Progress
A beta tool to help compare mapping progress of Rights of Way against official data. Currently only covers Norfolk and Suffolk.
OSGB 2 OSM
Enter an OSGB grid reference, and be redirected to a marker on an OSM map.
PRoWs without a prow_ref key
An Overpass Turbo script to find ways tagged as a Public Right of Way via the designation tag, that do not also have a prow_ref tag.
Designated highways without a ref key
An Overpass Turbo script to find ways tagged as a public highway via the designation tag, that do not also have a ref tag.
Non-standard designation=* values
An Overpass Turbo script to find ways tagged with the designation key, but with non-standard values.
Non-standard prow_ref=* values
An Overpass Turbo script to find ways tagged with a prow_ref key, that does not follow the standard pattern "<Parish> XX n".
Missing designation tags
An Overpass Turbo script to find ways tagged with a prow_ref key, which do not have a suitable designation=* tag.

Map Visualisations

ITO Map: Path Designation UK
An OSM map overlay highlighting ways tagged with one of the designation values used for public rights of way and permissive routes.
Waymarked Hiking Trails
An OSM map overlay highlighting named walking/hiking routes.
Coloured Rights of Way
An Overpass Turbo script to colour in rights of way in a given area.

Outdoor Basemap Styles

A Townsend Default Map
Free Map
Thunderforest Outdoors

Source Data

Norfolk Definitive Statements
PDF files containing the statements for each of parishes in the county. Available for re-use in OSM under the Open Government Licence.
Suffolk Definitive Statements
PDF files containing the statements for some of the parishes in the county. Available for re-use in OSM under the Open Government Licence.
Worcestershire Definitive Statements
PDF files for each of the 200-ish parishes and un-parished areas in the county. Available for re-use in OSM under the Open Government Licence.

A list of which Councils have been approached for and/or supplied copies of their Definitive Statements and GIS data can be found on the OSM Wiki article UK Local Louncils.

Details of Rights of Way Cases that have been brought before the Planning Inspectorate.