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Dataset containing the public rights of way of North Somerset

The council of North Somerset have provided me with MapInfo files that contain the details of their public rights of way. The MapInfo files seem to have been created on 27th February 2014. The Council also provides information about public rights of way on its online map. It may be that their map uses more up-to-date information.

The Council points out that their Definitive Map is the authoritative source of the Council's public rights of way. The details of the public rights of way network contained in the Council's data are for information only, and are an interpretation of the Definitive Map, not the Definitive Map itself which carries a relevant date of 26 November 1956, and should not be relied on for determining the position or alignment of any public right of way. For legal purposes, the Council's data does not replace their Definitive Map. And changes may have been made to the Definitive Map that are not included in their data. The Council's data contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2014. Attempting to view this data with more detail than 1:10000 may produce an inaccurate rendering of the route of a public right of way.

The MapInfo files were made available by the council of North Somerset under terms equivalent to the Ordnance Survey OpenData Licence. When I e-mailed the Ordnance Survey about the councils that had, during the last few years, successfully obtained an exemption from the Public Sector Mapping Agreement and released their data under terms equivalent to the Ordnance Survey OpenData Licence, they replied All data exempted by Ordnance Survey is now covered by the Open Government Licence (OGL), which superseded its own OS OpenData licence in April 2015. So it's possible for you to use this data provided you say that it is public sector information released by the council of North Somerset under the Open Government Licence.

Please e-mail me if you see a web page where the authority of North Somerset allows you to download the MapInfo files.

This web site also provides data about the rights of way of North Somerset in KML format and in GeoJSON format.