[Talk-GB] "United Kingdom Tagging Guidelines" on the OSM wiki: due for an update?

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Sat Feb 18 08:11:39 GMT 2012

I think both have their advantages - I like the idea of a good signposted rights of way network, but I intensely dislike the Anglo-American attitude towards private property compared to say Scotland or Germany (naming two countries I've walked in where they seem to be more easy-going)

On the one hand down here in the 'southern' UK we do have guaranteed rights of way (when the council haven't been deprived of funds to look after them by central government of course) which is good, we can use stiles, gates etc rather than trek across barbed wire and so on.

On the other hand, it really does p*ss me off when you see a track or clear path, which would make a nice walk, in England and it says "KEEP OUT" seemingly just for the hell of it. A mixture of E+W rights of way plus a Scottish right to walk anywhere where you're not disturbing crops, farm animals, or walking through people's gardens would be good.


-----Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote: -----
To: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
From: Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk>
Date: 17/02/2012 07:42PM
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] "United Kingdom Tagging Guidelines" on the OSM wiki: due for an update?

On Fri, 2012-02-17 at 16:16 +0000, SomeoneElse wrote:

> The "England and Wales" vs rest of UKoGBaNI issue can probably be most 
> easily addressed by renaming it as an "England and Wales" guideline 
> page?  The issues it attempts to address are an English and Welsh 
> problem that the parts of the country with sensible access rules don't have.
No sure they are sensible. I have read somewhere, and my experience
backs it up, is that the Scottish model works best for land above 2000
feet and the English/Welsh model works best for land below 2000 feet.

Being able to walk anywhere doesn't provide a means for actually walking
there. The English/Welsh system ensures that there is a way through a
series of fields, not just a right to walk there.


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