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Exploring Somerset? New maps now on-line

Plan a walk, report an issue, browse detailed maps...


Somerset is a wonderful county full of contrast and there is no better way to absorb its beauty, variety and history than through the Public Rights of Way Network. The county has over 9000 rights of way totalling 3808 miles (6129 km). The extensive path network is varied ranging from long distance routes such as the South West Coast Path and the River Parrett Trail, to a number of promoted circular routes and local country paths. 

Somerset County Council has on Friday 29 April 2016 launched a new 'Exploring Somerset' system that provides you with detailed maps of all Somerset (Taunton Deane, West Somerset, Mendip, South Somerset and Sedgemoor) and North Devon.  

The maps contain every footpath and other rights of way so you can check and plan a walk, ride etc, right down to 1:500 scale if needed.  All the gates, styles, signposts, bridges etc are individually identifed, and you can submit a photo for inclusion on the system or report a problem with any aspect if you wish.

Click here to try it out.

In more detail, Somerset CC says...

The majority of the Public Rights of Way Network in Somerset is made up of public footpaths, over which the public only have a right on foot.  There are also many public bridleways over which you can walk, ride a horse and also cycle (as long as you give way to other walkers and horse riders).  There are a lesser number of restricted byways and a handful of byways open to all traffic.  Restricted byways allow walkers, horse riders, cyclists and non-mechanically propelled vehicles (for example, horse and cart), whereas byways open to all traffic allow all users including motorised traffic.

We are responsible for protecting and asserting your rights to use the network and for keeping the legal record of public rights of way up-to-date. We have also published a Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the county and are responsible for the recruiting for, and servicing of, the Somerset Local Access Forum.  A specialist team deals exclusively with these rights of way issues, which are delivered in partnership with the Exmoor National Park Authority.

You can view our public right of way network on our Explore Somerset mapping site using the following links: 

Report an issue on the network 

You can use Explore Somerset mapping to report issues that you find on the public rights of way network. Please locate the issue on the map as accurately as possible as this makes it easier for the wardens and rangers to locate and investigate. Issues will be assessed and where necessary, action taken to try and resolve them. If you supply your email address on the form you will receive updates when the issue has been assigned and resolved or closed.

View the network 
You can plan a walk, ride or cycle, or simply check where a public right of way is then follow this link to view the entire public rights of way network in Somerset. You will also be able to see what type of assets (for example, stiles, gates) are on the paths or view and report issues on the network.

View the Modifications Register 
View details of applications that have been made under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to modify the Definitive Map and Statement. 

View the Highways and Commons Deposits Register 
View details of deposits and statements made by landowners to protect their land from future public paths being claimed and/or registration of a town or village green.