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Human-Readable Description of Hiking Path Symbols
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesuse on ways unspecifiedshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination

type=route route=hiking route=foot

Status: Unspecified

See Walking_Routes for country specific use of this tag.


The symbol tag is used for describing hiking trails by a human readable name. It is usually accompanied with osmc:symbol=*, which contains a machine readable description of the hiking trail. Example:

You can use international naming options in this format:

Implementing software may choose to use a local database for connecting osmc:symbol values to an icon or to a name, or it can choose to loud read the value of the symbol tag.

A routing software might say: "Turn left to the red bar and follow for two kilometers."


See also