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2026 Restoring the Record

Cornwall benefits from an abundance of paths and tracks. Many have been in use for hundreds of years. Not all routes are recorded as public rights of way on the Definitive Map and Statement. There are also many ancient ways that may have fallen into disuse for which there is no official record.

Changes to the law in 2026

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In 2000 the government put forward proposals to modernise the process of recording rights of way. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 said that unrecorded paths created before 1949 cannot be claimed after a cut off date. All claims for the recording of historical rights of way must have been made by 1 January 2026.

Cornwall Council receives many applications to add ancient ways to the Definitive Map and Statement. The Council also works with the Ramblers and the British Horse Society to save unrecorded footpaths and bridleways.

If you would like to make an application to add or upgrade a right of way information is available in our Definitive Map Modification Order Pack. Existing applications are available on the Definitive Map Modification Order Applications Register. If you are a landowner you may have come across notices on your land. For further information, please see our FAQs. If you are a user and wish to support the work of our local partners, please contact the Cornwall Ramblers or BHS Cornwall.