The Definitive Map and Statement is the legal record of the location and description of Public Rights of Way.
The Definitive Map and Statement is held at County Hall in Taunton. There is limited parking at County Hall. Pay and display parking is available on The Crescent and in The Crescent public car park. Taunton Bus Station is a 5 minute walk away.
You can report faults using our Explore Somerset mapping site and you can come to County Hall to see the documents.
You can also use our Explore Somerset online map to:
The Map and Statement
The Definitive Maps and Statements for Somerset were produced in the 1960s and 1970s following a long process of walking surveys and consultation. Many changes have been made to the public rights of way since then. A list of these changes will accompany the Map and Statement when you view it. The Map and Statement of a public right of way does not always clarify the precise route or width. Larger scale plans can be drafted by a technician for a charge.
Anyone can ask to view the Definitive Map and Statement by appointment.
Contact us to make an appointment and a member of staff will be present to show you how to use the Definitive Map and Statement.
Depending on levels of staff, you can make appointments for the same day to view the Definitive Map and Statement.
If the Definitive Map and Statement does not answer your query you can make a request for a more detailed plan or for more information. You should make these requests in writing. Queries from property search companies and solicitors incur an automatic charge, as do plans for individuals.
If your query relates to whether a public right of way is recorded, then viewing the online Explore Somerset mapping will help clarify this. While this is not the legal record and is not 100% accurate, it gives a very good idea of where the public rights of way are, and a copy of the Statement for each path can be viewed online.
The Definitive Map and Statement does not always clarify queries relating to the width or to the limitations (for example, stiles, gates) along a public right of way. These queries should be put in writing.