Lincolnshire Ramblers

Lincs Area RA

Definitive Map Modification Orders - a few facts.

This short note does not set out to be even a partial description of the scope of DMMOs. Rather it is a few of the key facts which should be useful for anyone who wishes to apply for a definitive Map modification order particularly those submitting Lost Way applications.

A lost way researcher who wishes to have a route added to the Definitive map must provide enough good evidence to the local authority to make an order to put the route onthe Definitive Map. Even when this is done the order must be confirmed in the face of any viable legal opposition which may arise. 

DMMOs are about whether(public use) rights already exist, as evidenced by proven long term public use or by historical documentary evidence. They are not about whether rights should be created or taken away. The suitability of a way for users who have a right to use it or the nuisnce that they are alleged to case are irrelevant. So also is the need for public access. The important thing is good evidence.

DMMOs raised for lost way paths do not have any priority for impementation over the long lists of other DMMOs already on the waiting lists of local authorities around the country. some authorities have only a few on their lists while others like Lincolnshire have around 150 at any one time. Some applications have been on the list for 20 years or more. Generally, applications are dealt with on a priority basis, partially driven by public pressure. It is expected that new legislation, such as the Deregulation Act will have an effect on how DMMOs are dealt with in the future.

Currently, the majority of DMMOs being processed are based upon user evidence rather than on historical documentary evidence. This is probably because substantial numbers of people are known to have used the route in the last 20 years or more. The difficulty is finding enough people willing to sign that they have legallyused the path regularly   over that time.  This is not easy.

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As a member of Ramblers you can

  • be part of Britain’s biggest walking charity
  • join a community of over 110,000 members
  • enjoy a wide range of membership benefits
  • choose from 38,000 led walks a year across England, Scotland and Wales
  • help us continue our charitable work to protect Britain’s footpaths and promote walking

How to join Ramblers.

  • Go to Ramblers main website and click the link 'Become a member'
  • This gives lots of information about membership fees and says something about the sorts of walks on offer.
  • Usually when people become members they become a member of  a Group local to where they live so that they are circulated with the Group's walk programme and other related material.
  • However, as a Rambler member you would be entitled to walk with any Group in the country.
  • Finally, remember that before you actually decide to join you are entitled to three free walks. This helps you to experience what is on offer particularly the grades of walks. 


Use Group Walk Finder to view upcoming walks.

  • View the future walks scheduled by each Lincolnshire Ramblers Group. To do this click on the drop down  menu item 'Group Walks' above. Mini map locations are given for each walk.
  • Alternatively, use the Calendar of Walks(right) to view all Group walks on specific days.

 This information is a feed from the Group Walkfinder  published on Ramblers HQ main website.

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When you join Lincolnshire Ramblers you usually select to be associated with one particular Group. However, you receive a walk programme booklet  for all 11 Groups  in Lincolnshire Area. This means that you can go on any Group walk. Our printed programme booklet is produced every year and contains well over 600 walks.


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