The Definitive Map

The ‘Definitive Map’ is Stockport Council's legal record of public rights of way within the Borough.

It shows footpaths, bridleways, byways open to all traffic and restricted byways. It is the conclusive legal document depicting the existence of public rights of way in the borough.

There may also be other public rights of way which have not yet been recorded on the definitive map. Sometimes it is expedient to change the route of a right of way or, very occasionally, to close it permanently.

New public footpaths can be created. The Rights of Way Team ensure that the appropriate legal procedures are followed and ensure that the rights of land owners and footpath users are protected when a change is proposed.

Any order to change a right of way will be advertised so that all interested parties can participate and comment on proposed changes.

Contact the PROW team if you need to see the legal record of public rights of way, it can be inspected at Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport. SK1 3UR during normal working hours.

Please contact the Public Rights of Way team, using 'Contact Us' on the right, in advance to ensure that the map is not already being used or for further information.

Photocopies cannot be provided due to the size and binding of the maps.