[Talk-GB] On Countryside paths

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 17:56:13 BST 2012

Adam Wrote:

>It's totally confused me, so in the bit of UK countryside I edit I have added tons of ways with highway=footway tags through woods, fields etc, when in fact I am pretty sure they should really be highway=path tags. I realised this a little while ago, so this thread is timely.
>Do please correct me if I'm still confused as I'm slowly going through the process of re-tagging them from footway to path.

Hi Adam,

As noted on here many times and also reflected on the UK Tagging guidelines
page [1] there isn't consensus on whether a countryside 'route' should be
tagged as a path or a footway. The key thing is (if it is signed as a
public footpath) then tag it with designation=public_footpath. Other than
that, I would advise looking at what others are doing in the local area.
Here for example, the major paths are tagged as highway=footway, and the
minor paths (ones that don't look quite as official but it is clear that
people walk on them), tend to be tagged highway=path.

There does seem to be a consensus that highway=track is usually wider than
highway=path (and is probably wide enough to drive a tractor/4wd down).


[1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_Tagging_Guidelines
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