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This section contains information about the public rights of way in the parish of Figheldean.

Quick link: The Definitive Statement of Public Rights of Way in Figheldean

The definitive statement and definitive map are the official documents that describe and show the routes of all the public rights of way.

Attached to this article is a .kmz file that you can load into Google Earth.

It contains traced paths for all of the Figheldean Rights of Way, based on the Definitive Map and Statement as of 22nd May 2014.

There is also a live Google Maps version if you don't have Google Earth.

Recent Updates

May 2014: Figheldean #4, #21 and #25 have been re-routed. Figheldean #1 has a permissive alternate route around the farm paddock.

Feb 2011: Figheldean #12 has been reclassified as a Byway Open to All Traffic.

Aug 2009: Figheldean #6 has been reclassified as a Byway Open to All Traffic.

May 2009: Figheldean #32 has been added as a new Byway Open to All Traffic.

The Great Stones Way is a project initiated by the Friends of the Ridgeway.

The Project aims to develop, mainly over existing rights of way, a new walking route in Wiltshire, to be named The Great Stones Way (GSW), between Avebury and Stonehenge, with an extension to Old Sarum near Salisbury when this becomes possible.

It is intended that the new path will be developed to standards of surface, signage and access similar to those of National Trails.

Although the exact route has yet to be determined, it will pass through Figheldean parish.

"All the information you need to get walking in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside"

This website has over 60 free Wiltshire walk descriptions available for download.


The MoD Byelaws governing the Salisbury Plain Training Area are currently under review.

Defence Estates has set up a website where the new proposals can be viewed.

Wiltshire County Council has published its Rights of Way Improvement Plan, the strategic document based on extensive consultation with local interested parties.

PDF copies of the plan and its appendix (analysis of all consultation responses received) are available to download as attachments to this article.

The Old Marlborough Road in Figheldean is presently a Restricted Byway and runs between Milston #9 east of Goat Wood in the south to Fittleton #14 in the north near to milestone "Marlborough 14".

Wiltshire County Council has reclassified this stretch from Restricted Byway to Byway Open to All Traffic (Reclassification Order #11/2006) and the Order will be advertised in Salisbury Journal on 14th August 2008.

I've received confirmation from Wiltshire County Council that two footpath rights of way that had been accidentally omitted from the Definitive Map have now been added.
Although not in Figheldean Parish, this is interesting enough to warrant a mention.

There is an apparent gap in the right of way along Honeydown Bottom as shown on both the Ordnance Survey and the Definitive map.

Figheldean 12 is currently a Bridleway that heads west from the A345 junction by Alton Magna farm, through the racecourse at Larkhill and ends near to Robin Hood's Ball.

I've received a letter from WCC (Wiltshire County Council) asking if we (ie the Parish) object to it being changed into a Byway Open to All Traffic.

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