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Project 2026

About Project 2026

Project 2026 - British Horse Society

This is a national web based project with the aim of identifying routes which potentially are unrecorded Rights of Way and to record progress towards submitting Definitive Map Modification Order Applications. There is a separate sub-project for each County or Local Highways Authority area.


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.

Please click on the link to the project for your County or Local Highways Authority.

If your County or Local Highways Authority is not listed, please contact

It is planned to establish a Project 2026 for every county in England and Wales.
The county projects will be established according to demand.
If your county is not listed please email expressing your interest and to find out more.

If your county is listed please click on the link to go to the project.

If you are new to Project 2026, try uploading routes and editing research records on the Demo maps to see how it works. Scroll down to Demonstration Projects.

Eastern Region:
  Bedfordshire      0 paths
East Midlands:
  Derbyshire      19 paths
  Leicestershire      0 paths
  Rutland      0 paths
Greater London:
North East Region:
  Durham      45 paths
  Kirklees      0 paths
  NorthYorkshire      2 paths
North West Region:
  CheshireEast      16 paths
  CheshireWest      0 paths
  Cumbria      1 paths
  GreaterManchester      21 paths
  Lancashire      17 paths
  Merseyside      0 paths
South East Region
  Hampshire      0 paths
  Hertfordshire      420 paths
  Kent      38 paths
  Surrey      0 paths
  Sussex      202 paths
South West Region:
  Cornwall      1836 paths
  Devon      0 paths
  Somerset      346 paths
  Wiltshire      0 paths
West Midlands:
  Shropshire      0 paths

Demonstration Projects:

You may practise uploading routes and editing research records on these project maps
All information on these sites will ultimately be discarded.

Eastern Region:   DemoE
East Midlands:   DemoEM
Greater London:
North East Region:   DemoNE
North West Region:   DemoNW
South East Region   DemoSE
South West Region:   Demo   DemoSW
West Midlands:   DemoWM