We've managed to overcome the problems with plotting walks or runs on UK bridleways - Auto-Plotting "On Foot" should now work on all UK bridleways, even if pedestrian access tags are missing on the OSM database.
Unfortunately its not that simple Jonathan, as we don't have that level of control over the OSM routing programs. We will have another look into how we might be able to circumvent the issue though.
Meanwhile, another option would be to consider Premium membership - Premium members have access to Google maps on the desktop route planner, so the auto-plot feature will use Google for routing when plotting on a Google map rather than OSM.
Unfortunately this does make plotaroute of limited use in many parts of the UK where public rights on highways way are poorly recorded on OSM. The AutoPlot functionality already allows us to change between Road, Bike and Foot. Presumably that works by looking at what access rights exist on OSM and using that to determine valid routes. Isn't what we need an even simpler variation where instead of checking the correct rights exist for Road/Bike/Foot, the access rights are ignored altogether? i.e. don't check for which rights exists and plotaroute would just plots on whatever path, bridleway, etc, exists? In this mode it becomes to the user's responsibility to check they can legally use the route.
Sorry Graham, we haven't found a simple solution for this yet. Bridleways currntly need to be explicity tagged as permitted for walking on OpenStreetMap to be routable with our auto-plot feature. I believe that for some countries like Germany, pedestrian access to bridleways is not allowed by default, so we'd have to find a eway of overriding this where we know the default permissions are different. We'll have another look into it.
It seems to me that all bridleways are not routable. All the green dashed paths (openstreetmap) won't let me route on them. These are publically accessible paths, for example, through Epping Forest. Is there no simple way around this?
Thanks John, I appreciate you looking at this.
Hi Jonathan - it isn't really feasible for us to add the extra auto-plot option that you suggested, but we can certianly look into increasing the frquency that we apply OSM updates to our routing engine. Its a very lengthy process to do these updates, as we offer routing for the whole world, but we'll look into what's involved.
I use Auto Plot extensively when creating walking and running routes, but many of the bridleways in my area (and, I suspect, more genearlly in the UK) are tagged incorrectly in OpenStreetMap and aren't marked as allowing walkers. Auto Plot won't use these bridleways. When I find these bridleways I update the access tags in OSM but it can take weeks for plotaroute to be updated with OSM updates. I assume that process can't be made faster. If not, then could an option be added to Auto Plot to allow plotting on private paths, bridleways and tracks? The user would have to take repsonsibility for checking whether they can access those routes, but they should do that anyway. This would also be useful for anyone who has access to private land and wants to plot a route.
Is this possible?