This survey is about the possibility of having more accurate and complete recording of public rights of way, similar to that available for the public road network. At present public footpaths, bridleways and other 'off-road' routes are recorded as simple marks on Ordnance Survey maps, usually in the form of a dotted line. The level of accuracy varies greatly. Sometimes the route is close to that experienced on the ground, but at other times there are significant discrepancies.

In addition 'off-road' public rights of way are not recorded by Ordnance Survey in a format that would allow 'turn-by-turn' routing, as is now commonplace on public roads with 'sat-nav' systems.

The requirement to record paths and tracks accurately and in a format suitable for routing has not been considered a priority, but there is now some pressure for that to change. We would like to gauge the potential demand for products based on properly surveyed public footpath data.

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* 1. How happy are you with the accuracy of public footpaths shown on current OS maps?

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* 2. If accurately surveyed footpath data were available would you appreciate it for the following:

  Not at all Maybe occasionally Definitely
More accurate marking of footpaths on paper maps
More accurate marking of footpaths on digital maps
The ability to follow a footpath accurately using a GPS
Turn-by-turn routing on a GPS (like a sat-nav)

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* 3. Surveying all public rights of way is likely to be expensive and there may be a cost for using the data on a GPS. How much might you be prepared to pay for having use of the data for the whole of Great Britain?

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* 4. If the GPS routing data were only available for selected areas, such as the National Parks, would you be interested in using it?

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* 5. Please add any other comments about this issue.

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