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Public rights of way

What is a public right of way?

Public rights of way are open to everyone at any time and give you the right to walk across certain routes such as roads, paths or tracks, which may run through towns, remote countryside or private property.  Some rights of way are open to horse riders, cyclists and motorists.

Report a problem using a right of way

If you have a problem using a right of way, such as an obstruction, poor maintenance or a misleading sign, please contact us.

Make a claim for a public right of way

If you have been stopped from using a route which you believe you should have access to, please contact us to discuss any potential claim. You can find out more about the claim process in the information leaflets below.

Find out more about public rights of way

The following leaflets are aimed at the public, landowners and developers and explain your rights, responsibilities and general information about public rights of way in Merseyside.

The leaflets have been produced as part of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2008-2018, which is a 10 year strategic plan adopted jointly by the council and its five neighbouring Merseyside authorities.

What is a definitive map and statement?

It is a legal record of the public rights of way and shows the routes of each public footpath and bridleway in the city.  You can view the original map and working copies by appointment at Millennium House, Victoria Street.  Contact us to book an appointment.

Register of definitive map modification order applications

The council must provide a register of definitive map modification orders. There are three types of modifications:

  • Deleting the public right of way from the definitive map.    
  • Adding a public right of way to the definitive map.    
  • Altering the status of a public right of way already recorded e.g. footpath to bridleway.

The following registers are scanned PDF documents and are not web accessible.  Please contact us if you need to view an accessible version.

  • Order reference: PROWTPT - Higher Road, Halewood to Warbreck Moor (Woolton, Belle Vale, Childwall, Knotty Ash, West Derby, Clubmoor, Fazakerley and Warbreck wards). Application dated 23 January 2011.
  • Order reference: PROWLACD - Lobelia Avenue to Cavendish Drive (Warbreck Ward). Application dated 6 December 2010.    
  • Order reference: PROWWM - Warbreck Moor to Longmoor Lane (Fazakerley Ward). Application dated 17 May 2008.