Passing places

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Passing places are useful on paths less than 1.5m wide, and the frequency of these areas depends on the setting of the path.

passing place

The Fieldfare Trust Countryside for All Good Practice Guide (2005) recommends the following spacing:

Path setting Maximum distance between passing places
Urban 50m
Urban fringe 100m
Rural 150m


Passing places need to be incorporated into the planning and design stage so that they can be constructed and maintained as an integral part of the path surface. Each passing place should be no less than 1.5m wide and 2m long. The crossfall should not be steeper than 2% (1:50).

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