Malvern Meadow: Initial Research

Footpaths and Signage

As an avid hiker maps, footpaths and signage are nothing new to me. On every style, gate or entry on any British National Footpath can you find some kind of symbol or icon designed to guide hikers across either muddy or livestock filled fields. Even our local Worcestershire Way, Bewdley to Great Malvern, has it’s own route markers, a green pear on a white background surrounded by ‘Worcestershire Way’ in an arc. Sometimes these signs are rotated such that the top of the marker is pointed in the direction of the next style or signpost, otherwise the signpost is shared by a public footpath marker positioned in this way with the aforementioned sign the right way up.

Also common footpath furniture is maps and information boards, which can sometimes be found at particular sites of historical or geographical significance or at the start or end of walks. These boards are often simple in nature: either carved wood; weather resistant and low ecological cost however often higher in economical cost, plastic or metal printed signs; similarly weather resistant though often lighter, cheaper economically but at higher ecological cost, or windowed displays; often cork-board stapled with printed documents within it’s enclosure, probably the cheapest but with higher upkeep costs due to less resistance to weather or vandalism.

From left to right , sources:
https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Worcestershire+Way
http://blackpearwalkingtours.com/the-walks/the-worcestershire-way
http://backtothewildpct.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-worcestershire-way-uk.html
http://www.newforest-national-park.uk/blackwater.html
https://michellecollins.org/2014/03/20/the-worcestershire-way/
https://www.fwdp.co.uk/signage/notice-boards/product/richmond-combination-display
https://www.fwdp.co.uk/signage/notice-boards/product/cavalier-notice-board-with-header

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