Only footpaths shown on the definitive map sorted with local councils will be considered true footpaths after 2026. This means that footpaths in local communities across the UK could begin to close and become unmanaged after such time.

To counter this in Norfolk, walking groups are attempting to provide the necessary evidence to local councils in order to ensure that our beloved walkways aren’t lost. This consists of studying historic maps, assessing boundaries and crucially; visiting paths to capture evidence in the form of photographs. Collated in the correct manner, this evidence is enough to prevents us from losing access to the very ground that has been walked by many for centuries.

Your help is needed though. Due to the vast number of pathways and despite our efforts we cannot map them all alone. We hold regular workshops which are free of charge and give further information about the challenges of 2026. Contact Ian or Ken for further details about these.