Derbyshire Project 2026 - Introduction and Help


The CROW Act 2000 contains legislation which extinguishes all historic Rights of Way that are not recorded on the definitive map by 2026. It established a Discovery Lost Ways (DLW) project that failed dismally and was abandoned because of the enormity of the task.

The 2026 cut off date was specifically asked for by the landowner organisations (CLA, NFU etc) to ensure that all rights of way are correctly recorded by the 2026 date. This date and landowner wishes were retained by the Stakeholder Working Group on Unrecorded Public Rights of Way which produced the "Stepping Forward" report to Natural England in 2010. The cut-of date was retained despite the failure of the DLW project.

Project Aim:

The Aim of our volunteer led project is to meet the wishes of the landowners and the terms of the associated legislation in ensuring that all meaningful Unrecorded Rights of Way as far as possible have been researched, and necessary steps taken to ensure any associated rights are not unnecessarily extinguished at that date.

Project Organisation

  • The Project is being Coordinated by the British Horse Society working closely with the Ramblers.
  • The project is being managed online via an interactive map of possible unrecorded routes.
  • Any volunteer can join the project and contribute directly with giving any information about "lost" or unrecorded routes.
  • We welcome walkers, riders, historians, cyclists etc to help.

Getting Started

To become involved visit

The project is organised based on an Interactive Map of identified Unrecorded Routes.

We will welcome information from walkers to add routes that are either ridden or walked. This is a joint project between the BHS, and the Ramblers.

On the web map, select you place of interest via the Search Box, or zoom manually to your place of interest.

The Research Record (for a path):

Virtual Library:

A link is also provided to a Virtual Library of accumulated maps and other documents for your county.

The availability of this will vary form county to county


The level of anyone's involvement is purely dependent upon your available time and abilities.

Please do contribute as much or as little as you wish. The list below will give you some guidance (Simplest first)

  1. Let us know of any routes/paths in your area that you believe were used as old roads or rights of way and which are not recorded (on the definitive map/OS Map) as byway, bridleway or footpath.

    You may find these routes from visual evidence, your own knowledge of your area or by looking at old and current maps

  2. Find out a bit more about the history of these paths from other people in the area

  3. Do more serious research by checking the path(s) against old maps and other documents (with reference to the guidance given in Restoring the Record (Bucks Wadey)

  4. Record all your findings on the Research Record Page for each path - This is MOST IMPORTANT.

  5. Consider preparing and submitting a Definitive Map Modification Order for a path or paths.

Help and Guidance

Further Help and Guidance is available on the Project Map pages.

Please let us know of any technical issues you encounter,

Please contact us at anytime for further help and advice or if you think the form or guidance wants improving.