“1 January 2026 is the cut-off date for adding historic paths to what is known as the definitive map: the official record of the public’s rights of way in an area.
When a path is on this map, it not only means we have a right to walk on it, but it is much easier to protect and maintain. However, any path which came into existence before 1949 and that has not been requested to be on the map by 2026 will be lost – forever!
We’ve been working with the government to make sure that the process for registering paths on the definitive map is as easy as it can be so that as many paths as possible can be recorded before it is too late.
Since 1998, when moves to close the definitive maps to historic paths were first seriously proposed, many of you have been working hard to ensure that historic paths are recorded before it is too late. If you think there may be paths in your area which aren’t on the definitive map – take action now using the Ramblers toolkit.
Why do paths need to be on the map?
If a path’s not on the definitive map it can be closed off or built on with no chance to get it back. You can find out more about definitive maps and rights of way law in our Go Walking section.
Why do paths have to be recorded by 2026?
The creation of the definitive map was never meant to be open- ended and various governments over the years since its creation in 1948 have tried to complete and close the process for recording older paths. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) officially introduced the cut-off date for adding historic paths to definitive maps. This measure came about largely in order to ensure that landowners have a clear idea of whether land they owned has a right of way on it. Opposition from the Ramblers and others ensured that the cut -off date was set as 2026 rather than 2016 as was originally proposed.
What has the Ramblers done to ensure paths are not lost?
For an account of Ramblers’ involvement in this process please see our Historic Paths and Definitive Maps timeline.”
Looking forward to walking along the North Norfolk Coast path on 16 April. To get you in the mood, take a look at the National Trails website. So many interesting places to walk in the British Isles, and there are plenty of maps and guides for you to find your way!
“Ready to buy some new walking gear? Get independent, expert advice on everything from daypacks to waterproof jackets. – See more at: Walking gear – Ramblers“
“To help support the growth of the organisation and carry on with our charitable work benefiting Ramblers members and walkers in Britain, we’ll be increasing some of our membership rates on 1 May 2016.
New membership rates are listed below:
Individual annual £34.50
Individual annual concession* £20.50
Individual monthly £3.25
Individual monthly concession* £2.25
Individual life £752.00
Individual life concession** £364.00
Joint annual £45.50
Joint annual concession* £27.50
Joint life £910.00
Joint life concession** £446.00
Joint monthly £4.25
Joint monthly concession* £2.75
*Concessionary rates are available for full time students, people on means tested benefits or solely reliant on the state pension. These rates do not apply to overseas members.
**Life concessionary rates are for people over 60.
Monthly rates are by Direct Debit only
New recruitment leaflets
We’re producing new recruitment leaflets which will be sent to all Area and Group Secretaries, Membership Secretaries and Publicity Officers at the end of April.”
Source: New membership rates – Ramblers
“WALKING FOR NEW ADVENTURES
SOUTHERN SWEDEN, SEPTEMBER 10TH–17TH 2016
Welcome to Europe’s biggest hiking event. Read more about our exciting programme, let yourself be inspired, and book your hikes, accommodation and activities here.”
Source: Eurorando 2016
“We talk to former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys, about accessible adventures, epic walks and the importance of right to roam.
Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger and writer. A former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, he is the author of 10 books, including the ground-breaking Microadventures
Interview by Susan Gray”
So you have been on a couple of walks and you are deciding whether to become a member. If you need some help making up your mind, here are a few reasons. There will be more apart from these!
You are almost guaranteed of a walk every weekend throughout the year in a different part of Norfolk. These vary in length and ability.
By joining the Ramblers you can go walking with ANY participating Ramblers group. Hike Norfolk are part of the Norfolk Area, so when you get your newsletter or when you have a look at their website http://new.norfolkra.org.uk/walks.htm, or our website http://hikenorfolk.org.uk/ there are loads of walks for you to choose from.
By joining Hike Norfolk, you aren’t just joining our group, but the Ramblers as well. This walking charity works to protect the places we like to walk, so part of your subs goes towards the Ramblers work.
If you fancy a walk further afield beyond Norfolk, such as the Lake District, Peak District, Scotland or the Brecon Beacons, we arrange walking trips.
If you are looking to meet some walking people or make some new friends or walking mates, then you have come to the right group. There is such a range of people attending our walks then you will be sure to meet some like-minded folks.
Once you have been on a few walks and you fancy sharing your favourite haunts / walking spots with us then you are very welcome to do so. We are always looking for walk leaders.
Can’t walk where your map says you should be able to walk? We can help you resolve the problem.When you’re out walking you’ll sometimes come across a broken stile or overgrown hedge obstructing a footpath. Or occasionally you might be blocked from walking on access land. By reporting these types of problems you’ll be helping out the next walker that comes along.