Welcome to PATHH:

Providing Access To

Hampshire’s Heritage


PATHH is a county wide project seeking to identify historical routes that can help fill the gaps in Hampshire’s rights of way network. These gaps, identified in Hampshire County Council’s new Countryside Access Plans, can in many instances be improved through other means, but PATHH is focussed on the use of historic research to identify 'lost' rights of way that can be restored. After Hampshire Countryside Access Forum ran a successful pilot project in 2008, the new PATHH project is being expanded across the whole county thanks to support from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund.

PATHH was initiated by the Hampshire Countryside Access Forum and its first phase was managed by the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. Additional funding was provided by the New Forest National Park Authority and further support and guidance came from Hampshire County Council, the New Forest Access Forum, the South Downs Access Forum and Southampton City Council.

The first phase of PATHH, the initial research into historic routes, ran from 2010 to 2012. Now that this research has been conducted, Hampshire Countryside Access Forum has a unique database of information regarding the historical precedents of many current and potential rights of way around the county. A full report into the collection of this data during the research phase is available here.