Isle of Wight Council

Public Rights of Way

Maps for Isle of Wight Rights of Way

Definitive Map

In 1949 all county councils in England and Wales were given the duty of surveying and mapping all public rights of way in their area, classifying them as footpaths, bridleways or roads used as public paths (now called byways open to all traffic (BOATs)). The definitive maps would be taken as conclusive evidence that a path shown was a public right of way at the date the map was prepared. 

The original definitive map for the Isle of Wight was produced in 1952 and reviewed in 1968. The current edition of the Definitive Map and Statement for the Isle of Wight has a ‘relevant date’ of 29th February 2000.

More reading about the Definitive Map and Statements can be found on the Definitive Map and Statement web page tab

Please note the Definitive Map is a PDF scan of a book and each page is separate, so to move round you have to open and close different pages.

To view the Definitive Map click here.

 Leisure Map

As a representation of the up to date public rights of way network, a digital leisure map is available.  However, please note that this is not a Definitive Map and must not be used in substitution of obtaining a Local Land Charges Search nor used for any other legal or formal purposes (including in connection with any planning queries or applications).  

The data is an indication of the approximate routes of public rights of way and permissive paths for recreational/leisure purposes only at a scale of 1:10,000 (being the scale at which the Definitive Map 2000 is published). 

In respect of any queries relating to the precise and legal route of a public right of way or permissive path, please contact the Public Rights of Way Service Email:

To access the leisure Map click HERE - You can move around the map and zoom in and out, but the path numbers will be lost if you scroll in too close.  You will need to tick the box to show you understand this is NOT a definitive map before you can proceed.