Rural and Working Landscape Standard

  1. Path Surface Surface must be hard but may have some loose stones but not covering the whole surface (stones no bigger than 10mm).
  2. Path Width 1000mm minimum width.
  3. Width Restrictions 815mm minimum width for no more than 300mm along the length of path – 915mm width for no more than 1600mm along the length of the path.
  4. Barriers No stiles, steps, fences, hedges etc., blocking the path.
  5. Ramp Gradient 1:10 maximum.
  6. Rise of ramps Where the place is steeper than 1:20 (i.e. a ramp), a level, resting place should be provided. The maximum height rise between landings is 950mm.
  7. Maximum distance between landings for 950mm vertical climb
    Gradient Max Distance between Landings
    1:18 17.10
    1:16 15.2
    1:14 13.3
    1:12 11.4
    1:10 9.5
  8. Cross Slope 1:35 maximum.
  9. Steps 15mm maximum.
  10. Surface Break Breaks in path surface as in boardwalks, grates, grills etc., should be no more than 12mm measured in the direction of travel along the path.
  11. Clear Walking A tunnel clear of overhanging or encroaching Tunnel vegetation, and other obstructions should be a minimum of 1000mm wide and 2100 high.
  12. Passing Place There should be a passing place every 150 metres along the path. The minimum width of the path should be 1500mm for 2000mm along the length of the path.
  13. Resting Places There should be a resting point every 300m along the path. Each resting point should have a seat or perch which is placed on surfaced, level ground. Resting points should be set back from the path and, in addition to the path width, be at least 1200mm wide and 1500mm long.

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