FAQs for Don't Lose Your Way

Will all these paths go back on the map? 

The Ramblers want to focus on the paths that bring the most benefit to the rights of way network. For paths that we want to save, we will need volunteers to collect enough evidence to show that they were used by the public in the past - this simply won't be possible for all paths. In addition, some of these paths would have been legally stopped up or diverted and therefore won't be able to be claimed on their historical alignment. We will be working with volunteers over the coming months to prioritise the paths based on their usefulness and how possible they are to claim.

What criteria was used to select these potential lost rights of way?

These paths were marked up as they met the criteria outlined here. Each kilometre square of England and Wales (excluding Inner London)was checked by two participants. Submissions were then double checked by a smaller pool of more experienced ‘verifier’ volunteers, who confirmed whether these submissions met the criteria. If you see a line marked on the map, you can double check this by looking at it on the different map layers available.

I know of something that I think is a lost right of way, and I’m concerned it hasn’t been marked up on your map. What should I do?

We understand that not all lost ways will be reflected on our map. The approach taken to identify paths earlier in 2020 was one of a number of possible methodologies, chosen due to its scalability and relative simplicity. Over the coming months we will be working with these volunteers to bring more data together and working to introduce a mechanism through which people will be able to add other paths that have been identified through other methods or missed off.

Something is on the map that I don’t believe is a lost right of way. What should I do?

The criteria used to identify potential lost rights of way is not perfect, and we understand that some paths that have been marked up may have been identified erroneously or that there may be insufficient evidence to make a viable application for a lost right of way. As the project continues, we will produce guidance and resources for prioritisation which will help participants avoid these.

A path drawn on the map goes through land I own – what can I do about that?

Volunteers were asked to mark-up paths which appeared on historical maps and we recognise that some areas have seen a significant development in the last 120 years. We want to add paths to the map which will improve the network for all. Identifying a potential lost right of way is the start of the process and further research and consultation is required before the local authority confirms a right of way

The map only shows part of a particular lost right of way – why is that, and what will happen about it?

There are a few reasons this might happen; volunteers may have felt that only part of the lost way met the project criteria, or simply a section was missed by a volunteer. Either way, don’t worry. If something is missing from the map we will be able to amend this at a later date as we develop our Don’t Lose Your Way tools.

Can I just send you a screenshot of a map, or a photo/description of a lost right of way?

While we would love to be able to accept suggestions like this, we do not have the capacity to accept or act on these at the moment. Later in the project, we’re aiming to introduce a means of ‘adding’ to the map of what has been identified already. Please sign up to join the movement so you can be amongst the first to know when you can add additional lost rights of way to the map.

A path I drew during the path identification exercise is not reflected on the map. Why is this, and what can be done about it?

All parts of the project area were checked by two different volunteers, before being verified by a third. The checking, and verification, were based on specific criteria which are outlined here.

If a path was not verified, it is likely that it was not seen as meeting the exercise’s criteria. If a mistake has been made, the path could be added on as the project progresses.

I am having trouble viewing the map – what devices and browsers are supported?

In development, the map was tested on versions of internet explorer as far back as IE11, and current versions of the other major browsers: Firefox, Edge, Chrome and Safari. Please note that there is currently a small glitch when using Safari on iPhone - we are working to address this. The experience of using the map may be better if on a PC or larger screen.

Logging in and technical issues

How do I login to the Don't Lose Your Way website? 

If you have already signed up on the Don’t Lose Your Way site before (including during the path identification exercise in Spring 2020), click login and enter your details. If you have a login to the Ramblers website, app, volunteer website (Assemble) or the Insight Hub then you can use your existing details to log-in to Don't Lose Your Way. 

If you haven’t signed up on the website before, click "Sign-up" and fill out your details. You will be sent an email to verify your email address - please click the link in this email so your first submission will be saved. 

I can't find my verification email? 

Please check your spam or junk folders as the email might go in there.  

What browsers and devices should the map work on? 

In development, the map was tested on versions of Internet Explorer as far back as IE11, and current versions of the other major browsers: Firefox, Edge, Chrome and Safari. The experience of using the map may be better if on a PC or larger screen.  

Do I have to download anything to get involved? 

No. The map is available through this website so you will not need to download an application or software. If you later engage in research and applications for lost ways, you may need to download resources or tools at that stage. 

I already have a login to the Ramblers app, volunteer website or insight hub - can I use the same details? 

If you have a login to the Ramblers website, app, volunteer website (Assemble) or the Insight Hub then you can use your existing details to log-in to Don't Lose Your Way.  

I do not have a log in for the website, what should I do? 

If you have not set up an account on the Ramblers app, volunteer website (Assemble) or the Insight Hub, you can Sign Up with a personal email address unique to you (rather than a generic group one).