|barrier = stile|
|A structure which provides people a passage through or over a boundary via steps, ladders or narrow gaps.|
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Ais a structure which provides people a passage through or over a boundary via steps, ladders or narrow gaps. Identifying stiles is helpful as their presence restricts access. Stone stiles are of particular interest as they form part of the historic landscape. Identifying them helps with preservation work.
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suggested by User:Chrisana13
The tag stile=* can be used to provide details of the type of stile. The following have been used:
- stile=stepover (stiles where people have to step over the barrier.)
- stile=squeezer (stiles where people have to pass through a narrow gap in the barrier)
- stile=ladder (stiles where there is a ladder either side of the barrier)
If known, the material should also be tagged. Stone stiles form part of the historic landscape character of the UK and identifying their location is useful in preservation work.
Where possible the stile should be tagged with material=* with values stone, wood or metal.
Some stiles have small "dog gates" attached to them. There is a small hole at ground-level, closed off by a plank of wood that can can be pulled up from the top of the wall/barrier to open up the gate and allow a dog to pass through. I am going to tag these with dog_gate=yes.
Step-over and ladder stiles can have the number of steps added using step_count=*. This can be important in evaluating how easy a stile is to use for people with restricted mobility.
Stone stepover stile
The above should be tagged:
Difficulties in identifying the stile may occur where there is also a gate.
In the above there is a stone squeezer type stile. The landowner has more recently added a wooden gate. This is generally done because the barrier needs to retain smaller animals. In this example the barrier should be tagged: barrier=stile, stile=squeezer & material=stone
The above should not be confused with the following example.
The above is a small gate. barrier=gate The metal gate is not a recent addition and is part of the original barrier. The material for the posts is also concrete rather than stone.
Other additions may be made to stone squeezer type stiles. A wooden stepover may be added afterwards to make the barrier more effective or sometimes a stepover is added through the gap if it has become too narrow for people to pass through.
Norwegian: Gjerdeklyver, trapp
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Related terms: ‹ stile ›