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Waymarking is the placing of a series of signs called waymarks (also way markers) to indicate a route, especially a footpath or bridle path. In North America the term trail blazing is the closest equivalent. Cairns are a common form and the inuksuk is another ancient type of waymark. Way marks are intended for travelers on foot, bicycle, or horse; for highways traffic sign is the more common term.
Waymarks typically consist of a specific symbol, which is repeated at frequent intervals along the route.
The hiking path waymarked may be a specific named route, such as the Pennine Way, or may more generally be any public right of way. National Trails in the United Kingdom generally use an acorn symbol. The National Cycle Network in the UK uses sculptural markers made of cast iron. The mark may also indicate the status of the route, for example in England yellow marks indicate footpaths, blue for bridleways and red for byways open to all traffic.
Representative waymarks include:
Acorn symbol used to guide the route of National Trails in Great Britain
A Hampshire County Council footpath Waymarker, Southern England
Clapham Park, Bedfordshire, England
Bridleway, Kinniside Common, Lake District, England
South West Coast Path, England
The characteristic white and red stripes that mark a GR footpath in France