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Recreational Walking

  • David Huddart
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Abstract

The various categories of recreational walking are described in this chapter, including devotional trails and formal and informal trails, and the numbers involved in the activity are estimated. Trampling impacts on vegetation, soil, and water quality, and the resultant footpath erosion are discussed and evaluated, including the impacts of hiking poles. The ways to assess the trampling patterns caused are summarised, including experimental trampling. The effects of recreational walking, including dog walking, on wildlife, especially on birds, through flight and behaviour changes, are evaluated. Techniques for managing the footpath surface are described such as creating more resistant surfaces, such as using geotextiles, surface nettings, chemical binders and surface glues, mulch mats, aggregate paths, and boardwalks. Vegetation reinstatement using transplanting techniques and seeding is evaluated, and an example of management experiments are described and evaluated from the Three Peaks project (Yorkshire Dales, UK).

Keywords

Trampling impacts Footpath erosion Experimental trampling Water quality Effects on wildlife Resistant footpath surfaces Vegetation reinstatement Three Peaks project 

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