OS MasterMap Highways Network


OS MasterMap® Highways Network – Paths is the most complete, detailed, accurate and authoritative path network dataset for Great Britain. It reveals all the footpaths through towns and cities, and shows who’s responsible for them.


OS MasterMap Highways Network – Paths gives you a better understanding of the connectivity to the citizen to the towns and cities around them. This will help to better understand the true time it takes for the citizen to access existing services and the new services they need in the community.

With OS MasterMap Highways Network – Paths data in your logistics business, you’ll be able to make amore informed decision about which mode of transport would be best to deliver your package. It may not always be sensible to do this by road as the paths will give a better understanding of the whole navigable network and whether you can squeeze more deliveries into your day.

Roads aren’t the only place you can bury your assets. OS MasterMap Highways Network – Paths give you another aspect to consider with information about the authoritative nature of a path and the obstruction you might encounter along the route. This data gives you another dimension to consider when deciding where to place your asset.

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Comprehensive and definitive

OS MasterMap Highways Network - Paths is a collection of data from Authoritative Sources who manage and maintain the network within our towns and cities. This includes OS path network geometry and features the Local Highways Authorities’ name, numbering and maintenance responsibility information. Paths Network data has the answers to your questions about your town or city in one place.

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Linking streets to homes and infrastructure

Thanks to the Unique Street Reference Number (USRN), you can link to AddressBase®. This lets you search for or navigate to an address, and find the property access and delivery points. And before roadworks start, you can notify residents about their impact and suggest alternatve routes, including paths for pedestrians.

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Make walking and cycling the best transport option

By improving the path network and making it better known, you can encourage healthier alternatives to car travel. Paths Network data helps local authorities maintain paths more effectively, and it lets mobile navigation apps deliver suggested routes to users on the move.

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For commercial customers, and PSMA and OSMA members, this data is available as areas of interest and a national dataset. For Partners this data is available as a national dataset.

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Key featuresWhat this product offers

GML 3.2.1

Data structure

Vector – topologically-structured link and node network.


National set on DVD for commercial customer and Partners; download under evaluation terms for PSMA members.

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

Initially, this data is available as a national set on DVD for commercial customer and Partners; PSMA members can sign up to download it under evaluation terms.

You'll need geographic information system (GIS) software to use it.

Is it included in the PSMA?

We're working with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to get this included in the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). However, evaluation data is being made available to all PSMA members in line with the contract we've signed with the Department for Transport.

What's happening to OS MasterMap ITN Layer?

We intend to withdraw this product at a later date, once OS MasterMap Highways Network is established in the market.

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Paths 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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Give it a try

Download a small area of Paths sample data

Or you can apply for a Data Exploration Licence to try out the real thing.