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About this app

MapThePaths ( is a project to add all the rights of way (RoWs) and permissive paths in England and Wales to OpenStreetMap fully tagged. This accompanying app helps you find the locations of RoWs from council-supplied data while actually out surveying in-the-field, helping you locate where there are missing paths or paths without a designation tag on OSM.

By logging into OSM and using the live-edit mode (which works with the live OSM API), the app also allows you to change the designation of existing OSM ways by long-pressing them. This should *only* be done via on-the-ground observations, as the licensing of some council data does not permit direct copying of the designation from the council data to OSM.

Version 0.2 also allows you to create tagged GPS traces. You can record a trace with the red 'record' button and select the path designation (public footpath, public brldieway etc) and general path type (grass path, dirt track etc) for each path you survey. A GPS trace tagged with these properties will be created, which can be uploaded to OSM. Also, waypoints are created when the tags change, which can help using the GPS trace to create data in JOSM.

IMPORTANT! Performance might be slow on older or low-spec devices due to the way in which the council and OSM data is drawn. For the same reason it is NOT recommended to use the app in cities; it is optimised for rural areas with a low density of data.

This is FOSS software, licensed under the GPL v3; see for source code.
Updated on
Aug 14, 2020

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What's new

Changed OSM authentication settings. This will require you to logout of OSM and login again.