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This article is about signs marking trails. For the GPS activity, see geocaching. For road markers, see traffic sign.
Inuksuit in northern Canada were markers used for wayfinding and to locate caches of food or other stores.

Waymarking is the placing of a series of signs called waymarks (also way markers) to indicate a route, especially a footpath or bridle path.[1] In North America the term trail blazing is the closest equivalent.[citation needed] 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.

Modern usage[edit]

Waymarks typically consist of a specific symbol, which is repeated at frequent intervals along the route.

A National Cycle Network (NCN) milepost in Scotland

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.

Waymarking signage[edit]

Representative waymarks include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New American Oxford Dictionary

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