Correct information; safety and environmental responsibility are the key ingredients of “good ” trail.
How does one determine if trail is a “good quality” trail?
There are many trail evaluation systems in the world. All of them have as point of departure a set of criteria assembled by a knowledgeable person of hiking repute. These systems thus are of necessity subjectively assessed.
The fundamental principle behind Green Flag is that only you yourself can decide what is best for you; no outside trail “expert” who decides which trails are “good” and “bad”, can make the decision for you. For a hiker to have a good experience he or she thus requires correct information to make an informed choice
How can one ensure that a trail is being used repeatedly by hikers over a long life-span?
There are three foundation stones to be adhered to…..
- If hikers experience exactly what they have been promised, they will be satisfied and regard it a good trail to visit again and to promote it to fellow hikers.
- If the trail and associated facilities (bridges, stiles, trail markers, parking site, accommodation, etc.) are safe and well-maintained, hikers will probably enjoy the hike and come again.
- For a trail to remain popular, sound environmental maintenance need to be adhered to by the trail manager. Degraded landscapes create a feeling of disgust.