Online help in mapping out country walks

A NEW online map will allow walkers, horse riders and anyone interested in enjoying the countryside to look up scenic routes for a country walk or a stroll on the edge of town.

The map covers the whole county and lets you zoom in to any area to show the footpaths, bridleways and byways in that location.

You can also find out if there are any stiles, gates or bridges on the paths.

You can click and drag to move around the map, use the slider bar to zoom in and out, or search by place, street name or grid reference.

You can also look at the rights of way on an aerial photograph base, and get more information, such as path names, if you zoom in and click on a path or symbol.

Councillor Matthew Lock, lead member for transport and environment at the county council, said, “This new online map makes it easier for anyone to find a walk that suits them, get out and explore the beautiful countryside on our doorstep.

“As well as making for a fun day out, going for a walk is also one of the easiest ways to be physically active.

“It can help you become fitter and lose weight, and help to avoid other health problems such as heart and lung disease.”

The map has been made available through European funding as part of the Accessing the Countryside project.

It is co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) under the Interreg IVA 2 Seas Crossborder Cooperation Programme 2007–13.

To use the online map and find out more about the county’s 3,200 kms of footpaths, bridleways and byways go to: