Hartlepool Borough Council

The Countryside Access Team

The Countryside Access Team is responsible for rights of way and access issues in the Borough.

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We carry out the statutory duties required to record, manage, maintain and improve the 96km of Public Rights of Way network in the Borough of Hartlepool.

You can find out where all the registered Public Rights of Way in Hartlepool are by having a look at the Definitive Map. You'll find a copy of this at the Central Library, Bryan Hanson House and at Municipal Buildings.

We also keep an up to date register of all deposits, declarations, maps and statements, provided by landowners.  These documents show the ways, which are recognised and acknowledged by the landowner, as dedicated highways.  To view the register and associated information about the register, click here.

Some rights of way have restrictions placed upon them, these restrictions can be permenant or temporary. The Rights of Way Issues page contains a full list of restrictions on paths that we are aware of.

For lots of general information about Public Rights of Way and the duties we need to carry out visit the Natural England or Defra websites.

New paths can be claimed and added to the Map by way of a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO), we hold a register of applications made in the Borough. Please click here to view information on DMMO applications.

We have now produced and published the Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2007, this is the final document and is available in various formats.


The Tees Valley Local Access Forum also gives people a chance to be involved in the future of the access network.


We also lead guided walk events around the Borough.  These are advertised in the events section of the Council's website and in the Wild About Hartlepool leaflet.


Contacting the Countryside Access Team

Contacting the Countryside Access Team

For more information about the Rights of Way Improvement Plan contact the Countryside Access Team

Contact us

Telephone: 01429 266522

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