Public Rights of Way in Doncaster

In the Doncaster Borough there are over 500 kilometres (300 miles) of public footpaths, bridleways and byways on 592 separate routes, ranging in length from a few metres to over three kilometres (2 miles) and in character from completely urban to entirely rural.

Where can I go

Public rights of way are recorded on the Definitive Map which is available to view free of charge in the Civic Office during normal office hours.

The Definitive Map is the legal record of public rights of way but is not intended for recreational use. If you wish to know where rights of way are for recreation, we recommend that you purchase an Ordnance Survey Explorer or Landranger series map. Alternatively, routes and land available for public use in the Doncaster Borough, may be viewed on the Walking Map, see link below.  Please note that the information displayed on the Walking Map cannot be used for legal purposes.

The Public Rights of Way Team can also offer advice and guidance on the use of other routes and areas of land to which the public have access, such as permissive paths or access land (designated land to which the Countryside and Rights of Way Act applies). The following interactive map shows you where you may walk.

In addition, the Public Rights of Way Service is also responsible for the section of the Trans Pennine Trail where it runs through the borough, offering further opportunities for walking, riding and cycling.

Public Rights of Way Registers

The public right of way network changes as paths are added, deleted or have their status changed.  For this to happen a legal process has to be gone through which may be very time consuming.  Registers showing confirmed and proposed changes together with a list of known anomalies may be accessed below.

  • Proposed Map Changes    Details of applications that have been received and orders made but not yet confirmed
  • Confirmed Map Changes Details of orders that have been confirmed recently
  • Register of Public Rights of Way Claims  A register detailing formal definitive map modification order applications to add, delete or change the status of paths shown on the definitive map, together with a list of possible amendments to the Definitive Map that have been brought to the Authority's attention.
  • Register of Land Owner Declarations   landowners can formally acknowledge public rights of way across land in their ownership and also indicate that they have no intention to dedicate any further routes in future

 More information:

Report a Problem on Public Rights of Way

If you have encountered a problem while using a Footpath, Bridleway, Restricted Byway or Byway Open to All Traffic please complete the following form and it will automatically be forwarded to the Rights of Way team for resolution.

Examples of problems might be new barriers, flooded sections of the route or misleading signs. We will acknowledge your report on receipt and may contact you for further details. 


For further information contact the Public Rights of Way Section

  • tel: 01302 736000
  • email:
  • in person or by post: Public Rights of Way Service, Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU


Last updated: 02 December 2020 17:12:25