Public Rights of Way
Hartlepool Borough Council is responsible for 60 miles (96km) of public rights of way. Some of these may be surfaced and many are tracks and paths across the countryside.
The network includes:
Footpaths: only for use on foot
Bridleways: only for use by horseback, bicycle and on foot
Byways: for use by motor vehicles, horseback, bicycle and on foot
Copies of the Definitive Map and Statement are held at the Central Library, which can be viewed during library opening hours. You can also view the legal copy at the Civic Centre. Please contact the Countryside Access Team below, to make an appointment.
Many enjoyable routes around the Borough are included in the new Self-Guided Walking leaflets. You can also get paper copies at the Civic Centre Reception, Tourist Information Centre, Libraries, Summerhill Visitors Centre and the Historic Quay.
For general information about public rights of way visit the GOV.UK website.
Changes to the Public Rights of Way
Public Rights of Way can be created, diverted or extinguished through a legal process. These changes are updated onto the Definitive Map and Statement through a Legal Event Order so that the recent diversions and creations become visible, as the legal record changes. Extinguishments are taken off the Definitive Map and Statement using the same process.
You can apply for changes to be made to the Definitive Map through a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO). These are used to add unrecorded rights of way to the Definitive Map or add/change additional rights to a path (e.g. to change it from a footpath to a bridleway).
For DMMO application form please contact our team below
The Rights of Way Improvement Plan
The Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2007 (ROWIP) and associated maps has been produced and approved in accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way 2000 and takes account of guidance issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The ROWIP will be reviewed in 2019 and a consultation process will take place across the Borough. Your views will be important and welcome.
Declarations under Section 31 (6) of the Highways Act 1980
Section 31A of the Highways Act 1980 requires authorities to set up a register of declarations lodged, maps and statements deposited under section 31(6) of the 1980 Act as outlined in DEFRA's Guidance for the register of Highways Act Declarations.
These declarations and statements enable any landowner to formally acknowledge any public rights of way across their land and by doing so also indicate their lack of intention to dedicate any additional rights of access.
To view the Statutory Notices’ Summary Sheets for current and recent Declarations go to Rights of Way Statutory Notices and Restrictions
The process for depositing a statement and map was revised on 1st October 2013 following the coming in to force of Statutory Instrument 2013 No 1774.
The major changes made were:
- There is a new application form. Applications to add deposits, maps and statements will not be accepted unless they comply with the requirements of the prescribed form.
- Deposits made after 1st October 2013 are valid for 20 years (previously 10 years)
- The Council will charge a fee for the receipt of any new deposit.
- To discuss the fees or any other matter relating to a s.31(6) deposit; please contact us using the phone or email as shown below.