Glossary of terms related top public rights of way, footpaths etc


Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) – a highway available to all users including by mechanically propelled vehicles, but mainly used by pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists.


Carriage road bridlepath – as CRF but also with public equestrian usage.


Carriage road footpath – A non-statutory term used during the compilation of the first definitive maps for some routes that were intended to be recorded as RUPPs - to describe a route that was considered to carry vehicles but in actual fact used mainly by the public as a footpath.

Definitive Map

A statutory document that records the position of all public rights of way within the county. The definitive map is considered conclusive evidence of the existence and status of a right of way in a court of law and any changes to it must go through due legal process.


Definitive Map Modification Order – legal order which changes the definitive map and statement following the production of evidence to demonstrate it is in error or incomplete. Statutory duty.

Definitive Statement

The statutory document which accompanies the definitive map and sets out the extent of and limitations on rights of way recorded on the definitive map. ​

Green Lane

A descriptive term used to describe many un-sealed routes (with or without a stone surface). “Green lane” has no legal significance and it cannot be assumed that these routes carry vehicular or indeed any other public rights.


Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management A professional body representing public rights of way officers and those with an interest in public rights of way.


Public Path Order- A legal order which changes the definitive map and statement following a request from the landowner or the local authority based on landowner and public interest.