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    An Introduction to

    Discovering LostWays

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    What, why and how ?

    What is the project about ? looking for existing rights of way not officially recorded

    - we are not creating new ones or resolving Definitivemap errors.

    Why are we doing it ? to improve access to the countryside through a better

    rights of way network, providing certainty for users andlandowners

    How are we undertaking the work ? through submitting well researched claims from historic

    documents, for Highway Authority decision

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    The 2026 cut-off date

    Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000:Footpaths and bridleways (and higher rights) that havenot been claimed by 1 st January 2026 will beextinguished.*

    Unrecorded higher rights that apply to a definitivefootpath, bridleway or restricted byway will also beextinguished.

    * Provisions in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act will (with very fewexceptions) prevent any further claims for Byways Open to All Traffic being made.Evidence of vehicular rights found by DLW will be submitted as claims for restrictedbyways .

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    How the Agency is involved

    Government asked the Agency to establishan effective process to identify historic rightsof way before the cut-off date of 2026.

    Research commissioned in 2001suggestedthere might be some 20,000 lost ways inEngland covering 14,000km.

    Insufficient capacity amongst volunteerresearchers to complete the task in time.

    Needed a dedicated Archive Research Unit.

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    The Archive Research Unit

    A team of researchers set up undercontract with LandAspects.

    Adopting a systematic approach toexamining the key historic documents.Working to agreed Research Standards.

    Preparing case files of evidence forsubmission to the Agency.

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    The Historic 39 Counties of England

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    Applicationdevelopment

    Caseevaluation

    Outputs

    Countyselection

    Introductoryworkshops

    Preliminaryassessment

    Stage plan

    County researchplan

    Archive workingarrangements

    Basemap forresearchers

    Initial list of targetpaths

    Revised basemapincorporatingadditional targetpaths

    Catalogue ofevidence for cases

    Documentcatalogue

    Case files forstrong cases

    Evidence Reportsfor inconclusive/ weak) cases

    Researchsummary

    Identification oftarget paths at the

    outsetAnalysis of local

    authority records andgap analysis

    Review of basemapwith local authority

    Source-led in phases1 & 2 and confirmation inphase 3

    Revised document

    sequencePossible inclusion of

    HOL Record Office

    Review of new casesbetween researchstages

    Possible districtapproach

    Overall evaluationof evidence

    Identify strong,inconclusive & weakcases

    Feedback tostakeholders

    Key Changes

    Workshop with localexperts

    1:1 liaison with allaffected authorities

    Discussion with localarchives

    Longerlead time

    Documentaryresearch

    Basemapdevelopment

    Establisharchive working

    arrangements

    Local scoping& planning

    Stagestart-up

    Summary of the research methodG

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    County Research Plan

    Scoping exercise to develop each County Research Plan

    Discussions with local RoW officers and researchers / experts;

    Identification of sources;

    Basemap options;

    Document cataloguing;

    Definitive Map history

    Previous research

    Record Offices working arrangements

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    Basemap will also show target paths

    Definitive Rights of Way

    List of Streets data

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    Documentary research undertaken inphases with built in review stages

    Principal Sources

    Enclosure Awards

    Tithe Award

    Finance Act MapsEstate Plans

    (possible review point)

    Deposited Railway Documents

    Deposited Canal Documents

    Turnpike Records

    (possible review point)

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    OS Old Series 1 OS County Series 1 & 2 maps (inc Object Books & Books ofReference)

    Non OS Commercial MapsFinance Act Field BooksHandover MapsQuarter Sessions

    Checking supplementary sources

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    National Programme

    Lead phase2005/06

    First wave2006/07

    Completion offirst wave

    2007/082nd & 3rd tranche

    2009/12

    Cheshire, Wiltshire, Shropshire &Dorset

    Lancashire, Nottinghamshire,

    Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Cumberland,Westmorland

    29 counties order tbc

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    ARU work programme

    Research completed in Cheshire and Wiltshireand under review.

    Testing case file production in 10 Cheshire

    parishes during April 06. Roll out of case file production across Cheshire

    and Wiltshire from June 06.

    Resume research in Shropshire and Dorset inJune / July 06.

    Begin research Lancs and Notts early in 2007

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    Our approach to claims

    The Agency/Natural England will be the applicant forDLW DMMOs, submitted to each relevant highwayauthority.A paper will go to the Agency Board in May settingout our recommendations for a claiming policy.

    Looking further at developing a framework forprioritising those that bring most benefit to thenetwork.Its for the Surveying Highway Authority to decide

    how to process the claims . we will be as helpful aspossible in the way we research and submitapplications.

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    Prioritisation of claims

    Depending on what we find . priorities maybe developed with local authorities.

    We would encourage local authorities toconsult locally, e.g. with LAFs, ROWIPs

    DLW will help authorities deal with any backlogof claims.

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    Accreditation

    So that local authorities are less likely to have to double checkevidence.

    We are working up our methodology and research

    standards.Its important that local authorities have confidence in theDLW approach.

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    The Countryside Agency team:Strategic Policy / Claims

    Jill Hobbs John Bailey

    Research

    Gavin Stark Karen Larkin

    Adrian Parry (s)

    Contract support

    Pam Vines

    Paula Holt

    Communications / Liaison

    Amanda Earnshaw Ellie Stevenson

    Sue Shipston

    Sarah Stone Ben Nichols

    Programme Management

    Eleanor Brown Rachel Spry

    Sarah James (s)

    (s) = secondee

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    Contact us 0845 60 50 148dlw@countryside.gov.uk

    Discovering Lost Ways

    PO Box 725

    BelfastBT1 3YL

    www.countryside.gov.uk/dlw