There will always be a little bit of in/out fuzziness, but these are the principles which drive the definition of a Green Walk.
The start and finish of the route (or of a day’s linear walk which forms part of a multi-day route) should be easily accessible by scheduled bus or rail services on at least one day per week, all the year round. You should be able to arrive and depart at times convenient for the majority of users, and the walk should serve a bus stop or rail station no more than 2km (1.25 mi) distant from the official start or finish of the walk.
The walk should be waymarked with route-specific designs, or should be described fully enough to be clearly navigable throughout its length in a publication (online or print).
The majority of routes in a publication or in a guided walks programme should be linear (on a daily level), terminating at a different place from the start of the walk. This enables the walker to enjoy the advantages and freedoms of using public transport without the need to employ the private car.
The walk should have a publication which indicates relevant public transport services in the text, indicating route numbers where these are required to avoid ambiguity, days of operation, and sources of online/telephone information from operators.
Any long-distance published walks should be accessible by public transport not only at the start and finish points, but also at intermediate points along the route no more than 30km (18mi) apart — this information should be indicated at relevant points in the text or in a summary table available within the print/online publication.
All guided walks (attendance by invitation) should start and finish within 100m of a scheduled public transport service stop or station. Start times should be within a few minutes after the arrival of a scheduled bus or train, and the end of the walk should be timed for a suitable departing service, wherever possible allowing sufficient time for refreshment following the walk and before departure.
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