Pathways to History


The Pathways to History project aimed to investigate the history of public rights of way in Norfolk. The project ran from February 2013 to February 2014 and you can now explore the data from this initial phase on our interactive map.

To view the paths that have currently been surveyed click on: Interactive Map.

The antiquity of the footpath network has never been fully researched and we are interested in a number of questions:

Community Involvement

We have been working with volunteers across Norfolk to to investigate the history of footpaths and green lanes.

The project volunteers have been supported by landscape historians from the School of History at the University of East Anglia.

The project came to an end in February 2014, but if you are interested in doing similar work in your area, please contact Dr Sarah Spooner or Dr Gerry Barnes by email or telephone.

Email: and

Telephone: 01603 592663

The Project Team

Pathways to History has been co-ordinated by a team of landscape historians within the School of History at the University of East Anglia, alongside our partner organisations. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dr Sarah Spooner

Professor Tom Williamson

Dr Gerry Barnes MBE

Dr Jon Gregory

Our project partners

Natural England

Norfolk Historic Environment Service

Norfolk County Council

Norfolk Record Office

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Norfolk Rural Community Council

Walking for Health