Tag:designation=public_footpath

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Description
A legal classification of a highway on which the public have a right to travel on foot. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Highways
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may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
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Status: in use

The tag designation=public_footpath is used to describe the legal classification of a highway (e.g. highway=footway).

Current usage

Main article: Access provisions in the United Kingdom

This tag is almost exclusively used in England and Wales to describe a type of public right of way, known as a public footpath. A public footpath is way along which unobstructed public access, via foot, is legally enshrined by the UK's Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. The route of the public footpath will be contained within a local authority's definite map and statement. Such footpaths may cross public or private land, and may be paved or completely invisible on the ground.

In the United Kingdom, this tag is to be used only for way legally designated as a public footpath, and should usually be accompanied by the following tags:

Note, the highway=* tag does not necessarily need to be highway=footway as public footpaths may share a route with a higher classification of highway. For example, it is very common for public footpaths in the countryside to also be farm tracks and so the more appropriate tag is highway=track. See Further guidance on tagging Public Rights of Way in the United Kingdom for more information on this.

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