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Country Access Team, Heritage and Countryside Section

Country Access Team, Heritage and Countryside Section

Access to the Countryside

The Countryside Access Team is responsible for public and permissive rights of way and access within the Borough.

The team carries out the statutory duties required to record, manage, maintain and improve the 100 km of public rights of way network in the Borough of Hartlepool.

They and the Countryside Team lead guided walks around the Borough.  These are advertised in the events section of the Council's website .  A set of 9 self-guided walk leaflets are available to download on the council website free of charge and at Council outlets at a cost of £1.00 per pack.

You can find out where all the recorded Public Rights of Way in Hartlepool are by having a look at the Definitive Map.  You can view copies of the Definitive Map at the Central Library, and at the Civic Centre offices (by appointment).  The Countryside Access Team also has up to date working copy maps, showing the latest right of way information.  These plans and maps can also be viewed by appointment.

New paths can be claimed and added to the Map by way of a Definitive Map Modification Order.  The team holds a register of applications within the Borough.  Existing paths can be diverted or extinguished by way of Public Path Order applications.

Some rights of way have restrictions placed upon them; these restrictions can be permanent or temporary.  For lots of general information about public rights of way and the duties that the team needs to carry out, visit Hartlepool Borough Council web-site where there are links to the Natural England or Defra websites.

The Tees Valley Local Access Forum is an independent organisation, set up by the government and gives people a chance to be involved in the future of the access of the network.  The Tees Valley Local Access Forum covers an area comprising of the local authority boundaries of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Darlington.  Its membership is made up of members of the public within and around Tees Valley.

Hartlepool's Rights of Way Improvement Plan is available direct from the Countryside Access Team.

This information has been provided directly by the organisation/ service provider. However, it is still always a good idea to contact them to check nothing has been changed.

Who to contact

01429 523524

Where to go

Name of venue
Civic Centre
Venue address
TS24 8AY

Journey Planner

Address: Victoria  HARTLEPOOL 

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