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Definitive Map and Statement

The legal paper documents from 1989 that record public rights of way in Dorset.

Please note that this does not include the recorded public rights of way in Bournemouth or Poole. These are available at the relevant Borough council.

The definitive map is available to view during normal office hours at County Hall, Dorchester by appointment only. A digital interactive working copy of the map can be viewed on  DorsetExplorer (opens in a new window).

What is the Definitive Map?

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The definitive map and statement is the legal record for public rights of way.

Rights of Way interactive map (Dorset Explorer)

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View information on Rights of Way in Dorset on our interactive map.

How can I get the definitive map changed?

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Information about how the definitive map of rights of way can be changed

Landowner deposits

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Protecting your land against claims for public rights of way or village greens.

Dorset County Council current Orders

The following Dorset County Council Definitive Map Modification Orders and Public Path Orders have recently been published.

Definitive map and statement FAQs

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Frequently asked questions about the definitive map and statement.
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