This project uses open-source geospatial, remotely sensed and user-generated geospatial data and archival records to identify RoWs in and around Coventry and Warwickshire not registered on the Warwickshire and West Midlands ‘Definitive Maps’. County Councils as Definitive Map Modification Orders (DMMOs) to preserve missing routes. It provides training on how to use open-source geospatial data to identify at-risk Rights of Way and then advice on how to access and collect archival evidence of a Right of Way’s existence. The resources for doing this can be found on the ‘Resources and Training’ pages.

This is a conservation project. It does not provide help on creating a new Right of Way. Rather it aims to provide clarity on already existing Rights of Way for landowners and Right of Way users alike.

This project has three goals in short, medium and long term.

(Short term: by May 2019) A full day geospatial training workshop run with training and talks from members of Coventry City Council’s Right of Way Officers and the West Midlands branch of The Ramblers, Local Access Forum. The workshop will be free and open to the public.

(Medium term: by 2021) A digital, cartographic archive of community participation and historic RoWs saved in and around the city and country. This will be shared via this website and social media for the year of the City of Culture.

(Long term: by 2026) The preservation of kilometers of currently under-threat RoW. Where we obtain archival evidence and user-generated geospatial data, these will be used as evidence in DMMOs for the West Midlands Country Council and Coventry City Council Definitive Maps before the 2026 deadline.

The project is funded by a Coventry 2021 City of Culture grant and is run by a team of Geographers at Coventry University.