Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Highway authorities

There are 35 local government councils acting as highway authorities in the area covered by the Peak & Northern Footpaths Society. Highway authorities are responsible for managing public rights of way. Most councils publish interactive maps which allow you to explore their area and to identify public rights of way. Additionally Barry Cornelius at www.rowmaps.com has obtained digital mapping data showing public rights of way from many councils. He has converted it into KML files that you can freely download for use in Google Earth. This page guides you to the information and map pages for the highway authorities in our area.

Find the council you're interested in by moving your mouse over the map or inspecting the A-Z or county list. The buttons next to council names (absent if no data is available) are:

RoWtakes you to the Rights of Way page on the council's web site.
Maptakes you to the footpath map on the council's web site.
map?there is no footpath map on the council's web site, but the button takes you to the rowmaps site where you can get a map by searching for a place name or postcode.
KMLtakes you to page at www.rowmaps.com describing available KML downloads.
buttondisplays extra information, mostly about how to use the councils' maps (they're all different).
  • Council map
  • Councils A-Z
  • Councils by county
Click on the map in your area of interest.To find another council, click anywhere on the map and move to the new area.
 
Map of region
Barnsley Council
To see paths on the map, tick the box next to Public Rights of Way. To find out a parish name and path number, click anywhere on the path.
RoW Map KML  
Blackburn with Darwen Council RoW      
Blackpool Council
To see path numbers on the map, zoom right in.
RoW Map    
Bolton Council
On the map page, click on the My Maps tab to go straight to the map. To see paths on the map, click on Transport and streets, then tick the boxes next to Definitive Map of Public Footpaths (etc). To find out a parish name and path number, hover your mouse over any point on the path.
RoW Map KML  
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
The map is designed for Internet Explorer only, and you are required to download and install a plug-in. However when you've done that it always seems to crash before displaying any map. More information here.
RoW Map    
Bury Council
To see paths on the map page, click on the Change Map button, select map type Footpaths, then select a map size and click on Apply changes. If you zoom right in, there are tiny path numbers, but no indication of the parish.
RoW Map KML  
Calderdale Council
On the map page, to find out a parish name and path number, click anywhere on the path.
RoW Map KML  
Cheshire East Council
To see paths on the map, click on Public Rights of Way, then tick the boxes next to Footpaths (etc). To see parish names and path numbers, zoom right in.
RoW Map KML  
Cheshire West & Chester Council
To get Ordnance Survey maps, click on OS at top right. To see paths on the map, click on Map data and Leisure and Culture, then tick the boxes next to Footpaths etc. To see parish names and path numbers, zoom right in.
RoW Map KML  
Derby City Council
There is no interactive map but there are ten detailed maps showing path numbers, which you can download. Scroll down to section Where can I find a record of Derby's public rights of way? and you will see the list of available maps.
RoW Map    
Derbyshire County Council
DCC also covers these local council areas: Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, South Derbyshire.
To see paths on the map, click on Change map information and Environment, then scroll down and tick the box next to Rights of Way. To find out a parish name and path number, click on Map info, then click anywhere on the path.

See also the Derbyshire County Council Rights of Way Charter.
RoW Map KML  
Doncaster Council
To find out a parish name and path number on the map, click on the line.
RoW Map KML  
Halton Borough Council RoW      
Kirklees Council
To navigate to a particular path, zoom and drag the map, or click on the Search tab. To see more information about a path, click on the purple line.
RoW Map KML  
Knowsley Council RoW      
Lancashire County Council
LCC also covers these local council areas: Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre.
To see paths on the map, first ensure that the scale is between 1:100000 and 1:5000. Then click on Countryside Environment And Waste, then tick the box next to Public Rights of Way. To see path numbers, zoom right in.
RoW Map KML  
Leeds City Council RoW      
Liverpool City Council RoW      
Manchester City Council RoW      
Oldham Council RoW map? KML  
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council RoW map? KML  
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
To see paths on the map, select Theme Public Footpaths, Bridleways & Byways. To find out a parish name and path number, click on the "red i in a blue circle" information symbol, then click anywhere on the path.
RoW Map KML  
Salford City Council
To see paths on the map, click on Map layers and Highway Status, then tick the boxes next to Definitive Bridleway (etc), and finally click on the pink "recycle" symbol to the right of "Layers". To find out a parish name and path number, click on the pink i information symbol, click anywhere on the path to bring up the Feature Information box, and finally hover the mouse over the "Definitive Footpath" (etc) line.
RoW Map KML  
Sefton Council
To see paths on the map, click on Layers and Public Rights of Way, then tick the boxes next to Public Byways (etc). Paths are shown as red lines. To find out a parish name and path number, click on the red line and information is displayed on the Info tab on the left.
RoW Map KML  
Sheffield City Council RoW      
St Helens Council
To find out a path number on the map, click on the blue i information symbol, then click anywhere on the path.
RoW Map    
Staffordshire County Council
SCC also covers these local council areas: Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth.
To see paths on the map, click on View map layers, then scroll down to the "Leisure and Culture" section, click on Public Rights of Way, and finally click on the arrow next to "Display on map". To see parish names and path numbers, zoom right in.
RoW Map KML  
Stockport Council
To see paths on the map, click on + Transport, then tick the box next to Definitive Rights of Way. To see a path number, click on the line of the path.
RoW Map KML  
City of Stoke-on-Trent RoW      
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council RoW Map KML  
Trafford Council RoW      
Wakefield Council
To find out a parish name and path number on the map, click anywhere on the path.
RoW Map KML  
Wigan Council
To find out a parish name and path number, click on the "white i in a blue circle" information symbol, then click anywhere on the path. Pop-ups must be enabled in your browser.
RoW Map KML  
Wirral Council RoW      

Cheshire

Derbyshire

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Merseyside

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

West Yorkshire

Councils' web sites are constantly changing, so the information on this page can easily go out of date. If there's anything that you think should be changed or added, please contact the PNFS webmaster.

Related pages

Online maps Using streetmap.co.uk