Parish Footpaths

Longden, as a rural Parish, is well provided with footpaths suitable for exploring the parish. Many are also brideways, and support horses and other users. Part of The Shropshire Way runs through the eastern edge of the parish.

The footpath network is extensive, and is, of course, mapped on the Ordnance Survey 1:50000 and (better) 1:25000 maps of the area.

The centre of the Parish at 1:50000 can be seen by clicking here. Public rights of way are indicated by red dashed lines - the longer dashes represent public bridleways, the shorter dashes are public footpaths.

The Definitive Map

The Definitive Map is Shropshire Council's legal record of Public Rights of Way. It shows public footpaths, bridleways and some vehicular rights of way. It is conclusive evidence of the existence of the rights of way although it should be noted that Public Rights of Way may exist that are not shown on the map and claims are continuously being made to add such routes. The Definitive Map is held at Shirehall, though there is an online version available here. Once opened, you will need to zoom in, and select "rights of way" from the tick boxes down the right hand side.

Problems with a footpath?

You can report issues with Shropshire footpaths at or by writing to

Principal Rights of Way Officer
Shropshire County Council
Countryside Service
The Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury SY2 6ND

Open Access Land

Certain areas of land are available under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Natural England maintains a searchable website of land open under CROW here. Lyth Hill is the only part of the parish available under this legislation.


See also:

Wikipedia: Rights of Way in England and Wales
Natural England
The Shropshire Way
Shropshire Open Access Publications