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A camber is where the centre of the surface is higher than both path edges, which allows surface water to run off to either side of the path and onto the verges.

  • Wheeled users such as cyclists or wheelchair users prefer a camber to a crossfall, as they can travel along the centre of the path without needing to correct steering

  • Steep cambers tend to be uncomfortable for walkers and horses

  • Cambers are most suitable for paths that cross level ground where surface water will be able to run off to side ditches or onto the adjacent ground

  • Cambers are not suitable on tight curves as they tend to create adverse conditions for path users


The slope from the centre to each path edge should be a maximum of 2.5% (1:40), which translates to 40mm height difference for a 2m wide path, and 25mm for a 1.2m wide path.

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