Tips for undertaking a Phototrail

1) Take picture of entrance to car park
2) Take picture of car park and any disabled bays
3) Try not to get people and car registration numbers into photos
4) Take photos of directional information
5) Always take the photos in landscape
6) Always take photo in direction of travel
7) Take photos of any junctions and also include any
reference points on trail
9) Take photos every so often
9) Measure gaps between boardwalks
10) Tree trunks can be used as perches – include the path in photo
to show distance from path
11) On longer section of gradients – look out for the steepest section
12) Always carry spare batteries

Equipment needed:

Digital Camera – enable geo-tagging if you have it on your camera

FISCO Solatronic Inclinometer – available from either:

York Survey Supplies
Speedy Retail

Tape measure
Note paper & pen or dictaphone

Access Audit parameters

Surface depth no deeper than 10mm
Path Width no narrower than 1200mm
Path Restriction no narrower than 815mm or 1000mm
Barrier – None
Ramp Gradient should be less than 1:12 (8.3%)
Rise of Ramp should be less than 830mm
Cross Slope should not be more than 1:45 (2%)
Steps should not be more than10mm high
Breaks in boardwalk etc should not be bigger than12mm
Tunnel 1200 x 2100mm

Describe surface conditions, ie compacted stone, grass covered etc – note if surface changes.
Make note of weather conditions on day of audit, any overhanging branches, seats, and amenities such as disabled parking, toilets, bird hides, jetties, passing places etc.
Make particular note of seats/passing places on long sections of path that have a continual gradient, and the distance between seats/passing places.
Do not prescribe suitability in your narrative, simply give the facts re the parameters.