OS Detailed Path Network

OS Detailed Path Network is a fully-connected, heighted path network covering Britain’s National Parks.


This is available exclusively to OS Partners and developers. It lets you create off-road navigation apps, build exciting navigation websites and apps that help your users find great routes and stay on the right track.

For National Parks stakeholders, apps and websites that draw on this data will help promote the responsible use of your paths, trails and cycle routes.

As a member of the emergency services, if your navigation devices use this data, you'll see how steep the climb to an incident will be, so you can choose the best route.

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Suggest routes users will love

OS Detailed Path Network gives you the data attribution you need to suggest routes tailored to activities. This might be an easy, one-hour walk on man-made surfaces, or a 15 mile, circular cycle ride from a car park.

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Created with local experts

OS Detailed Path Network is the first OS path and track network product for the rural environment. The product has been created and tested by OS with input from local area specialists to ensure the product reflects what's on the ground.

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Maintained and updated

OS Detailed Path Network is fully-maintained, and updated each October. This means the product maps well-trodden paths and any new ones in the National Parks opened during the previous year.


Key featuresWhat this product offers
Feature types

Link and node network – links show the general alignment of roads and paths, and nodes record their junctions.


Names, route usability, access rights and difficulty of route.


GML v3.2 simple features

Update frequency

Annually – October


Online download


National Parks of Great Britain: Lake District; Peak District; Snowdonia; Dartmoor; New Forest; Brecon Beacons; Yorkshire Dales; Cairngorms; Exmoor; Loch Lomond; North York Moors; Norfolk Broads; Northumberland; Pembrokeshire Coast; South Downs.

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Will the Detailed Path Network be made available to commercial customers and the public sector?

DPN will be licensed to different customer groups based on demand. If you are interested, please contact us.

How is this data supplied and what do I need to use it?

OS Detailed Path Network is available by download.

You'll need geographic information system (GIS) software to use it for spatial analysis and, for navigation, a routing engine. This software is not supplied with the data. Open-source routing options include pgRouting and PostgreSQL.



Will product coverage be extended beyond National Parks?

This will depend on market demand and customer needs.

Where does the data come from?

OS large-scale data provides:

  • Physical roads, tracks and paths
  • Limited Topographic Hazards

OS Explorer provides:

  • Public Rights of Way 
  • Sustrans cycle routes
  • Access Areas Danger Areas


If a path is included in the DPN, does that mean it's a legal right of way?

No. While the DPN indicates the right of access along roads, paths and tracks, it is not the legally definitive source of access information including Public Rights of Way. Your local council will be tell you if a given path is a public right of way.

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OS Detailed Path Network is available under the following Licences:

Explore our data

You’re welcome to try out this data for free under our Data Exploration Licence.

Internal business use

When using OS data in your own business, you need our Framework Contract (Direct Customers) together with a data contract.

Creating products or services

To use this data commercially in your own products and services, or to distribute it, you will need to sign up to our Framework Contract (Partners) and a relevant defined use contract. This will vary depending on what you’re going to do with the data.

Collective mapping agreements

These products are available to members of public sector organisations under the following agreements:

Find out more in our Public sector licensing guide ›

This product is available under the:

  • Media Licence. We encourage the use of OS maps in the media – TV, films, print and online. Sign up free to give your consumers valuable context via an authoritative map.
  • Publishing licence. This is suitable for one-off publishing of maps in publications, on merchandising and websites.
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