As The Outdoor City, our geography allows us easy access to explore the outdoor spaces our city is synonymous with. This access is largely gained through the footpaths that wind through the woodlands and parks, and of course the thousands of paths that lead out across the open moors and hills of the Peak District.  

The public footpaths within our local area and that run across the country as a whole are one of our most precious assets. They connect us to the landscapes, to our history and to the people who formed them over the centuries.

However, many of these paths are currently missing from the definitive map and so are in danger of being lost as rights of way. It isn’t clear how many paths are missing, or even where they are, however it's estimated that 10,000 miles of paths could be lost and time is running out.

From 1 January 2026 it will no longer be possible to add paths to the definitive map based on historical evidence and any missing paths could be lost forever.

That’s why the Ramblers Association are asking for your help to save thousands of miles of paths before the 2026 deadline. 

The first step of the process is to use their interactive map to help identify missing paths. And, the project is proving extremely popular, having launched on Monday, 10 February 2020, two days later, at the time of writing, 13,290 areas of the map have been reviewed and 10,723 potentially missing paths have been identified.

Visit the map to review an area and help save our outdoor history.

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