Rights of way map

You can view a map of public rights of way. This map is not the legal record of public rights of way but can be used for leisure purposes.

The legal position and status of every public right of way in Kent are shown on a map called the definitive map. The routes are also listed and described on the definitive statement.

The map and statement prove that a public right of way exists and tell you whether you can use a route and if there are any restrictions.

Unfortunately due to the closure of our offices, you will be unable to view the definitive map and statement in person.

Contact our PROW team either by email at prow@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 41 71 71 and we will get back to you about your request to view the definitive map.

However, in the meantime you still can view a map of public rights of way for leisure purposes.

All commercial CON29 requests are carried out by the district councils in Kent. Contact your local district council.

Carry out a personal search

The following information is available and accessible under the Environmental Information Regulations.

View a personal search of the:

  • definitive map and statement at Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone. This is the legal record of public rights of way.
  • schedule of applications to divert the PROW network. Please note: this schedule is updated on a periodic basis and so it may not reflect the most recent applications. The date it was last updated can be found in the top left hand corner of the document.
  • list of current applications to alter or modify the PROW network. Please note: this schedule is updated periodically and so it may not reflect the most recent applications. The date that the document was last updated can be found in the top left hand corner of the first page.
  • register of declarations protecting land against new public rights of way or village greens.

If you would like KCC to carry out a search, on your behalf, then you can send your request, together with full details and a plan of the property, to us. Details of charges can be found in the asset register in our publication scheme.

Where to send your application

PROW & Access Service
Invicta House
Sessions Square
Maidstone
ME14 1XX
land.searches@kent.gov.uk

How long it takes

  • standard search – less than 5 days (unless made under the Environmental Information Regulations)
  • urgent search – same day. Please contact us before applying.

If you think the legal rights of way map (Definitive Map and Statement) is wrong you can apply to have it changed.

Download the application form and guidance notes for modification orders (PDF, 284.8 KB).

Examples of when you might apply:

  • to add a right of way to the map - often a path exists on the ground but is not shown on the map. You can apply to have the path added to the map
  • to change the status of a right of way - a footpath may have been used as a bridleway for 20 years or more. You can apply to change its status to a bridleway
  • to correct errors on the map - for example if a path recorded on the map is not public, shown on the wrong line or needs defining more precisely.

Applications register

Read the register of applications for current modification orders (PDF, 316.6 KB).