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Define a tag for point of interests where a hiker or cyclist can validate the reach of a checkpoint.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

This tag was approved in 2011, most content copied from proposition page.


A course is a permanent tour that is organised by an organisation. It can consist of one or several trails, routes, walks or only of checkpoints. An organisation can start many of these, e.g. the Hungarian Rambler's Association have more than a hundred listed on their website. You can start to complete a course by buying its brochure or registerig at their website and completing it by validating all the checkpoints by electronic means, stamping or by writing down a code. At the end you usually receive a badge or similar reward.

There are two types of courses:

  1. Most courses have a designated route
    • For an example, see the Wikipedia page on El Camino de Santiago. On the right, you can see the stamps.
    • Another example is 'The validation of the completion' section on the Wikipedia page of the Countrywide Blue Tour in Hungary.
    • The individual trails on can be considered as a Hiking Course.
  2. There are also courses that require visiting all checkpoints in any order from any direction, like all the castles and springs of a mountain range. So there is no required route, hence the use of course to avoid confusion.

See also Walking Routes.


Checkpoint type

Tag Description
checkpoint:type=stamp A stamping point.
checkpoint:type=code A sign on a tree or on a building to write down.
checkpoint:type=electronic An electronic device used with a timing tag.
checkpoint:type=notebook A paper based medium to sign/note, such as a notebook or guestbook.
Proposal: checkpoint:type=puncher Proposal: A punching device ("hole punch") for paper/plastic/board to punch holes of different patterns, similar to stamping.


  • course=value is the name of the hiking or cycling course.

Other tags

  • name=value is used only to describe the place, e.g. name of the building, pub, mountain, etc.
  • description=value is used only to translate the name of the course to different languages.
  • url=value is a url to the course and the organisation.


course=Országos Kéktúra
operator=Magyar Természetbarát Szövetség
description:en=Countrywide Blue Tour

Or on a pub on El Camino:

name=John Bull Pub
course=El Camino de Santiago
operator=Junta de Galicia
description:en=Way of St. James

Example on

name=Princes Risborough 
course=The Ridgeway

Applies to

  • Nodes
  • Areas (buildings)
  • Relation (multipolygon buildings)


No rendering on street maps.

On special interest maps for hikers, a stamp.

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