I am looking at a village and want to find the distance from each house (point) to the pagoda (point). However, I want the distance to be measured along a path (which I digitized as a polyline) and not just the closest way (ie a route that follows the road, not just the closest path to the pagoda which includes "cutting through" other property). Hope that makes sense.
I am using ArcMap 10.1.
See image below: I need to find distance to the circled red area. I want the path to follow the blue, not the green.
Any ideas welcomed! Thank you.
PS: I think this would be possible if I did a network analysis (set up a polygon restriction), but this is a rural village and I doubt there is a network dataset available...is it difficult to create one?