Term Description
BOAT Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) – a highway available to all users including by mechanically propelled vehicles, but mainly used by pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists.
CRB Carriage road bridlepath – as CRF but also with public equestrian usage.
CRF Carriage road footpath – A non-statutory term used during the compilation of the first definitive maps for some routes that were intended to be recorded as RUPPs - to describe a route that was considered to carry vehicles but in actual fact used mainly by the public as a footpath.
Definitive Map A statutory document that records the position of all public rights of way within the county. The definitive map is considered conclusive evidence of the existence and status of a right of way in a court of law and any changes to it must go through due legal process.
DMMO Definitive Map Modification Order – legal order which changes the definitive map and statement following the production of evidence to demonstrate it is in error or incomplete. Statutory duty.
Definitive Statement The statutory document which accompanies the definitive map and sets out the extent of and limitations on rights of way recorded on the definitive map. ​
Green Lane A descriptive term used to describe many un-sealed routes (with or without a stone surface). “Green lane” has no legal significance and it cannot be assumed that these routes carry vehicular or indeed any other public rights.
IPROW Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management A professional body representing public rights of way officers and those with an interest in public rights of way.
PPO Public Path Order- A legal order which changes the definitive map and statement following a request from the landowner or the local authority based on landowner and public interest.
Private Road A route over which there are no highway rights. (Often used incorrectly on signs on access tracks or drives to property that also form part of a Public Footpath or Bridleway.)
Private Street A highway that is not publicly maintainable.
Public footpath Route that can be used by pedestrians. (Often confused with Footway which is a pavement)
Quiet Lanes A non-statutory designation used to describe roads with little vehicular traffic.
Restricted Byway A route that can be used by carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and pedestrians but not by mechanically propelled vehicles.
ROWIP Rights of Way Improvement Plan – A statutory strategic public rights of way document produced in 2007 and due for review in 2011
RUPPs Roads Used as Public Paths. - A type of highway recorded on the original definitive map. The right of the public over RUPPs was unclear and remaining RUPPs were reclassified as restricted byways in 2006.
“Without prejudice to higher rights” A commonly used phrase reflecting the legal position that the depiction of, for instance a footpath, on the definitive map, is not conclusive evidence that there are not currently unrecorded higher rights. (bridleway or byway) (see modification orders)