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What would be the best way to tag a road where the sign with the road name says 'private road', and a wooden finger post says 'public footpath'?

asked 08 Jan '13, 19:07

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(assuming that you're based in the England or Wales here)

Personally, I'd tag the road as "highway=whatever" (if it's a proper road, probably "highway=service"), and if appropriate stick other tags on it for surface, width, etc.

I'd tag it as "designation=public_footpath" to reflect the legal status.

I'd also add "access=private" to reflect the general access sign, and add "foot=yes" to reflect the fact that foot access is definitely allowed.

However.... There was a thread on the talk-gb mailing list (I think last year) that was essentially "does this look like an official public footpath sign to you" and some "access=private" signs may not reflect the legal reality but merely the landowner's wishes, so it'll probably end up with you deciding "what does this look like to me"?

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answered 08 Jan '13, 19:28

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It just shows how bad my memory can be! There is one sign giving the road name and saying "private road, public footpath only". The fingerboard is on another section of footpath. The sign looks official, so I will tag the road as you suggest.

(09 Jan '13, 19:09) Madryn
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