This page is a rewrite/restructure of the existing United Kingdom Tagging Guidelines page to make it more friendly to new users, with more imagery and less focus on the footway/path rift.
Welcome! This page aims to help you find the best tag to use for a feature you may have come across, with specific advice relating to features in the United Kingdom.
The majority of the UK's major roads are already mapped, but it may be that they need updating from time to time. The majority of roads you will be mapping will be those further down the table.
|A roads with primary status (green signage)||highway=trunk|
|A roads (white signage)||highway=primaryhighway=primary_link for connections to the road|
|Busy unclassified roads which are wide enough for two cars to pass safely||highway=tertiary|
|Residential roads: roads only used for accessing residences||highway=residential|
tracktype=* to specify what the surface of the track is like
|Other service roads such as parking isles, roads in industrial estates, etc.||highway=service
service=* if an appropriate value exists
|Byways||Previously used highway=byway but should now be tagged as a track|
For roads which are signposted with an official number, add ref=* with the number and its letter prefix. These roads are motorways, A roads, B roads and a limited number of local authority C roads.
A lot of information can be obtained from road signs such as access restrictions, hazards and speed limits. Refer to Road signs in the United Kingdom for details on how to tag information found in road signs.
|A path for pedestrians.||highway=footway
|A designated public footpath. Ensure that the sign explicitly states this is a public footpath before tagging.||As for any other footpath, but add designation=public_footpath|
|'Desire' paths and paths across private land. These are unsignposted and likely have no legal status. Do not use this if the path is signposted.||highway=path|
There are two fundamental types of cycle paths that you will come across when mapping: those that form part of a road (cycle lanes) and those that are separate from a road (cycle tracks).
Tagging cycle lanes can be quite complicated and there are a couple of ways of doing it. See the Bicycle page for more information.
|Shared cycle and pedestrian path.||highway=cycleway|
|Segregated cycle and pedestrian path.||highway=cycleway|
|Cycle only path. Use is not intended for pedestrians, but it is also not prohibited.||highway=cycleway|
|A path intended for horseriders. In England and Wales, pedestrians and cycles are permitted.||highway=bridleway|
Some retail outlets in the United Kingdom are tagged inconsistently. If you are unsure how to tag a shop, see if it appears on United Kingdom retail chains for recommendations on how to tag it.