The New Landscapes Institute and Cookings Sections hosts a discussion and screening as part of The Empire Remains Shop.

The Definitive Map

The Definitive Map

The New Landscapes Institute hosts The Right of Way: Redrawing the Definitive Map together with  Cooking Sections, as part of The Empire Remains Shop

The Contemporary British Countryside contains a labyrinth of Public Rights of Way, Bridlepaths, Byways, Ancient Highways and Footpaths, which over the centuries have been re-configured by an array of laws and rural interventions that dictate their use. In this urbanised time, the age-old battle for the commons continues to be an ever- expanding field.

In 2000, the Countryside and Rights of Way Act was introduced in England and Wales. Section 53 of the Act provides for a cut-off date for the Definitive ‘Right of Way’ map of 2026. This means that many historic routes and trails will be lost if they are not formally recorded in the next ten years.

This evening join a range of speakers as they present different views on this transforming landscape and where the battles for public and private space are still being waged. Invited Groups include Open Spaces Society, The Ramblers, the British Horse Society, Past Tense Publishing, Bromley Bridleways Access Group and other public space advocates.

Find out how you can contribute to identifying and recording any unlisted or forgotten Rights of Way before the cut off in 2026.

Screening of Along the Bridleway – documenting the New Landscapes Institute’s recent fieldwork horse riding along London’s Green belt.

Speakers include Kate Ashbrook (Open Spaces Society  / The Ramblers) Mario Costa-Sa (British Horse Society / Trail Riders Fellowship) ,  Alex Hodson (independent publisher) and other public space advocates.



Kate Ashbrook has been general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, for the last 32 years.  She is a vice-president and trustee of the Ramblers, trustee of the Campaign for National Parks and member of the Institute of Rights of Way and Access Management.  She enjoys finding and reporting illegally blocked paths.


Mario Costa-Sa. As British Horse Society (BHS) Regional Access officer for London he is continually involved in access issues and has grown a team of trained and motivated Access Officers working on Access in and around London.   Mario is also a main Board Director of the Trail Riders Fellowship which conserves green roads and preserves higher rights for responsible and considerate Motorbike Trail Riders.   Mario loves finding and recording new Rights of Way as well as conserving existing trails. As well as protecting and recording Public Rights of Way, Mario is an advocate of “Share the Trail” and gets involved with solutions to user conflict including education.


Alex Hodson Writes about how history and the present and the future come together His interests in Open spaces and rights of way comes from being brought up as a walker, climber, trespasser, and he continues to be a trespasser in various arenas. Particular interests are Open spaces in the city, open space and how people use it, defend it against being taken away from common use, and tensions between different visions of how open space should be used/organised/exploited/controlled. He passes on what he learn as part of collective
and individual projects, Has been involved in social movements of one kind or another attempting to alter the world around us.


Saturday September 17


The Empire Remains Shop, 91 -93 Baker Street, London,W1U 6QQ


Food & drinks, Free but BOOKINGS recommended