Easy Access Routes

Easy Access Routes
Alternative Title
EARs, easyaccess
Dataset Language
Easy Access Routes are Walking / Cycling / Riding paths, open to everybody but are particularly suitable for those with physical disabilities because they conform to the physical access standards promoted by The Fieldfare Trust. The different standards help users know what to expect from each route in terms of the path surface, gradients, barriers (like stiles and steps), passing places and resting places and so on.
Topic Category
Keyword Value: Rights of Way
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary (IPSV)
Originating Controlled Vocabulary Citation: Version 2.00 - 2006-05-23

Keyword Value: Transport
Originating Controlled Vocabulary: GEMET - INSPIRE Spatial Data Themes (GEMET)
Originating Controlled Vocabulary Citation: 2008-12-05
Temporal Extent
2010 / 2012-11
Dataset Reference Date
Date: 2013-10
Date Type: Publication
Data was digitized between 2010 and November 2012 by the Rights of Way Service, using MasterMap Lines (at a view scale of 1:2,500) and the Countryside Access Service using smaller scale mapping, following on-site knowledge of routes by the local Rights of Way and Countryside Access Officers.

IPR: Ordnance Survey
Product: OS MasterMap Lines
Date: 2010

IPR: Ordnance Survey
Product: OS 1:50,000 Raster
Date: 2010

IPR: Ordnance Survey
Product: OS 1:25,000 Raster
Date: 2010
Bounding Coordinates
West Bounding Longitude: -0.76
East Bounding Longitude: 0.22
North Bounding Latitude: 52.10
South Bounding Latitude: 51.58
Extent: Hertfordshire
Authority Code: GB-HRT
Vertical Extent Information
Minumum Value:
Maximum Value:
Coordinate reference system:
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Reference System: National Grid of Great Britain
Authority Code: GB
Spatial Resolution
10 metre
Resource Locator
Data Format
Name of Format: ESRI/Shape file, ESRI/SDE
Version of the Format: - NOT APPLICABLE-
Responsible Organisation
Hertfordshire County Council - Corporate GIS Team
Role: Distributor

David Bampbury
Rights of Way Technical Officer
Access & Rights of Way unit
Strategic Planning & Environmental Management Group
Hertfordshire County Council
Role: Custodian

Lee Tyson
Operations Manager
Countryside Management Service
Hertfordshire County Council
Role: Originator
Update Frequency
Limitations on Public Access
Copyright Controlled. Use is subject to licence.
Use Constraints
Licensed under the Public Sector Mapping Agreement;

You must use the appropriate Copyright Acknowledgement;

For internal use:
For external use:
For Publicly Available Electronic Copies the following must also be added:
  • The HCC Watermark;
  • The phrase: "Use of this data is subject to terms and conditions." set out in a legible font and conspicuous position must form a clear hyperlink to

This data is supplied without guarantee or any warranty as to the accuracy, currency or completeness, and is provided as is, excluding any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, to the fullest extent permitted by law, including (but not limited to) satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose.
Additional information source
Physical Access Standards - The Fieldfare Trust:

Rights of Way In Hertfordshire:

Walking Routes and More Information - The Countryside Management Service:
Unique Resource Identifier
Code: EAR
Codespace: ROW
Spatial Data Service Type
Coupled Resource
Resource Type
Specification Name: COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1205/2008 of 3 December 2008 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards metadata
Specification Date: 2008-12-04
Specification Date Type: Publication
Degree: False (Not Conformant)
Explanation: Not xml

Data Specifications for Annex 2 and 3 not confirmed
Metadata Date
Metadata Language
Metadata Point of Contact
Hertfordshire County Council - Corporate GIS Team
More Information
Review date
Title: Hertfordshire County Council's name for the Easy Access Route
Category: Use of the route. Either 'Walk' for a pedestrian use or 'Bridle' for a walking or riding use
Rating: Quantifies the level of difficulty; Please see the Fieldfare Trust website for the varying physical access standards
Start: Suggestion for the best place to start the Easy Access Route
Finish: Suggestion for the best place to finish the Easy Access Route
Contact: Who to contact for further information on each route
Type: Whether the route is a circular or linear walk/ride
Length: Length of easy access route
Status: Whether or not the route is Active and Accessable or not
URL: Further information on the specific route
Access: How the route is legally accessable - e.g. rights of way, permissive, council owned land, commons, village greens, highway
OSGB36 National Grid Bounding Coordinates
West: 486000 East: 552000 North: 245000 South: 189000
Dataset: R:\GIS\geodata\Hcc\environ\row
Publically Viewable: Rights of Way Webmap on Herts Direct: