Gaps, gates and barriers

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Where a path crosses a boundary you will need to consider how to allow people across with the least restriction possible – ideally through an open gap. However, in many cases there will be a requirement to control access for other reasons, such as livestock or to prevent unauthorised vehicle access. These situations will require some form of gate or fixed barrier, but you still need to take account of who is likely to use the path to install the most appropriate type. You also need to think about how much turning space might be required.

kent carriage gap

Kent carriage gap (© Sustrans)

The ‘Countryside Access Design Guide’ (Scottish Natural Heritage) has detailed guidance about gaps and barriers and also for gates.

To find out more about gaps, gates and barriers have a look here.

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