where to find it
Having found Local Authority websites for Dorset and Hampshire, I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread that allowed us to collate websites where we've found such data. Then I googled, and found that someone had beaten me to it.
Definitive maps online
I suggest we send any 'missing' areas to Geograph, so they can add them to their useful page.
Some LAs have embraced new technology pretty comprehensively, and provide a Geographical Information System (GIS) to present the PRoW (and other) data. Some have merely published chunks of the map as PDFs. Others have their maps locked away in their basements; shame on them...
Ideally, they'd all digitize their PRoW data, and make GPX or KML files available for all their PRoWs, so we could pull them in and stitch them together into routes.
Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/
> the maps I've looked at on the above site were all very slow to update and looked pretty nasty
I don't think you looked very hard. Or you were unlucky. The Dorset and Hampshire GIS mapping systems will go down to 1:2500 scale (no missing '0'; I don't mean 1:25k), and present very detailed mapping.
As Parky says, this is the Definitive Mapping of Public Rights of Way. As the name suggests, it's THE definitive source of the routes of PRoWs. OS mapping is always out-of-date, the moment it's printed. In theory, this online Definitive Mapping should be kept completely up-to-date, so you can check where the PRoWs should be today.
> Cap'n - well done, brilliant site.
Hey, don't thank me; I just found it... Thank the enlightened Local Authorities for making the data available, and Geograph for collating the sites.
I'd encourage anyone who can't find their local mapping to go looking at their local authority website, and try to find it. And then send details for Geograph. S.Yorks, for instance; does that still exist as a county, or is it now broken up into a lot of Unitary Authorities (Sheffield, for instance)?
Dave C, Garmin enforced a change from Google mapping to Bing on GarminConnect and there was such a backlash they ending up offering a choice!
There are people off to Darmoor for an OM meet.... look at the wild camp spot on GoogleMaps then on Bing. Tell me Bing aint shite!!!!
BTW can confirm that Somerset mapping looks 'orrible and takes ages to load, refresh.
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