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Evaluation of new path grading system (Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Paths for All)
Path managers and agencies in Scotland have identified a need for a new, effective path grading system to help users to be confident in choosing the right path for them. Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and Paths for All carried out research on the information that is used to describe and promote paths. The research was then used to help develop a simplified path information system. They then asked behavioural psychology consultant to user test the system with people who might use paths. Their work provided in-depth insight into the decision processes of path users and non-users. A path manager's guide to path grading, using the new information system, was produced in 2014.

Path Grade Symbols (Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, Paths for All)
Use these four path grade symbols with the grade specifications chart and graphic design guidelines in the Path Manager's Guide for Grading. The symbols are available as jpeg and vector image files. Use the symbols to illustrate the grade of path on a leaflet, orientation map at start of the path, or online on a path promotion web page.

Path Manager!s Guide to Grading (Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Paths for All)
The Paths Manager's Guide to Grading is an essential guide to how to grade paths consistently and in a way that is helpful to the path users, to give them the confidence to choose a path that is suitable for their needs and abilities. The guide explains and shows you how to use six vital parts of a simple path information system: path name; path promotion; grade symbol; terrain description; and distance and time - to grade a path in a consistent way to help the user choose.

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