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KML files containing details about rights of way

The 101 authorities that are listed in the table below have released under licence the data about their rights of way.

Many authorities originally released their data under terms equivalent to the Ordnance Survey Opendata Licence. In April 2015, the Ordnance Survey adopted the Open Government Licence. Here's a link to more details about the change in OS licensing.

An authority's Definitive Map is the authoritative source of their rights of way. The details of the public rights of way network contained in an authority's data are for information only, and are an interpretation of the Definitive Map, not the Definitive Map itself, and should not be relied on for determining the position or alignment of any public right of way. For legal purposes, an authority'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 authority's data contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2013. 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.

I have derived KML from each authority's data. So, on this web page, I'm providing the data about rights of way in KML format:

Barnsley Dudley Northumberland Stockton on Tees
Bath and North East Somerset Durham City of Nottingham Suffolk
Bedford East Riding of Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Surrey
Bexley East Sussex Oldham Swansea
Blackpool Essex Oxfordshire Tameside
Blaenau Gwent Flintshire Pembrokeshire Thurrock
Bolton Gateshead City of Peterborough Torbay
Bournemouth Gloucestershire City of Plymouth Torfaen
Bracknell Forest Gwynedd Poole Trafford
Bradford Hampshire City of Portsmouth Wakefield
Brecon Beacons National Park Herefordshire Reading Walsall
City of Brighton and Hove Hertfordshire Redcar and Cleveland Warrington
City of Bristol Isle of Anglesey Rhondda Cynon Taff Warwickshire
Buckinghamshire Isle of Wight Rochdale West Berkshire
Bury Kirklees Rotherham West Sussex
Calderdale Lancashire Rutland Wigan
Cardiff City of Leicester Salford Wiltshire
Central Bedfordshire Leicestershire Sefton Windsor and Maidenhead
Ceredigion Lincolnshire Shropshire Wirral
Cheshire East Manchester Slough Wokingham
Cheshire West and Chester Medway Somerset Worcestershire
Cornwall Merthyr Tydfil South Gloucestershire Wrexham
Derbyshire Norfolk City of Southampton York
Devon North Lincolnshire St Helens
Doncaster North Somerset Staffordshire
Dorset North York Moors National Park Stockport

As well as providing KML files for each authority, this web site also provides a KML file containing the data about public rights of way for all of the 101 authorities. As such a KML file would be very large, it is only provided as a KMZ file (a zipped version of the KML file). Even so, the KMZ file is still large.

There are in fact two versions of the KMZ file. The first one is in the file converted.kmz. This file provides the KML using the basic format that is used by this web site for all the authorities. For each public right of way, this basic format has the code of the authority (e.g., BL meaning Barnsley), a unique number within the authority for the public right of way, the name or number of the parish/community, the name or number of the public right of way, the type of the public right of way (i.e., footpath, bridleway, ...) and occasionally some additional information about the public right of way that has been obtained from the data supplied by the authority.

The second KMZ file is called augmented.kmz. The KML in this file has some additional information. For each public right of way, the augmented format also includes its length (in miles), the longitude and latitude of its first point, the longitude and latitude of its last point, the eastings and northings of its first point and the eastings and northings of its last point.

These two KMZ files will be updated whenever a new authority is added or the data for an authority is updated.

This web site also provides links to the original datasets and information about rights of way in GeoJSON format.