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Public rights of way

There are almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way in Dorset: 4,700 footpaths, 1,700 bridleways and 37 byways.

Definitive Map and Statement

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

Where can I walk, ride or cycle in Dorset?

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Maps are available online, on Ordnance Survey Maps and on the Definitive Map.

Maintenance of public rights of way in Dorset

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Dorset County Council is responsible for maintaining Dorset's network of public rights of way.

Rights of Way Liaison Officers

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Rights of Way Liaison Officers are volunteers who are nominated/appointed by parish councils.

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

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Highway authorities have a duty to prepare and publish Rights of Way Improvement Plans (ROWIPs).

Contact the Coast and Countryside Service

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Contact details for Dorset County Council's Coast and Countryside Service
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