Resting places

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Resting places provide space for path users to stop without blocking the path and should include at least one seat (preferably with backrest) or one perch. Resting places are particularly welcomed by people with mobility or health issues. Where wheelchair use is expected you should include additional space next to the seating so that everyone can rest together.

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

Path setting Maximum distance between resting places
Urban 100m
Urban fringe 200m
Rural 300m


However, on longer routes it is impractical to provide a large number of resting places. Sometimes it may be possible to include resting places at the recommended frequency in areas close to the main access points along a path, with more widely spaced resting areas in between.

When looking for suitable locations for a resting place, try to find somewhere with a view or something of interest, to provide a ‘natural break point’. Path users will appreciate resting places at the top, bottom and at some point along flights of steps or ramps, which they can see and aim for.

Resting places are best incorporated into the planning and design of the path so that they can be constructed and maintained along with the path surface. Each resting place should be a minimum of 1.5m wide and 3m long. The crossfall of a resting place should not be steeper than 2% (1:50). If you are constructing a path less than 1.5m wide, you should consider resting and passing places together. If you need to retro-fit resting places, they should be built to the same specification as the main path and the path surface should be continuous.

To find out more about resting places have a look here.

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