Definition of footpath in English:



  • 1A path for people to walk along, especially a right of way in the countryside.

    • ‘This might help to remove the mess left by them along the footpaths.’
    • ‘This is why I now love walking on footpaths close to our steam railways.’
    • ‘Have they vanished along with footpaths, with grasslands and clearings, with nature?’
    • ‘These American footpaths are often based on game trails, most notably from the vast herds of buffalo.’
    • ‘The procession will proceed up Northbrook and along the footpaths to the Elisha Field.’
    • ‘The man was killed as he walked along a footpath between Westdale Drive and Westdale Road, Pudsey.’
    • ‘The only thing that gets them really excited is a chicken walking along the footpath.’
    • ‘May I suggest that if he wants to walk in the countryside and does not want to see vehicles then he should walk on footpaths and bridle-ways.’
    • ‘Yoland is making her way slowly along the footpath on the arm of a nurse.’
    • ‘This time is was a mother who was walking her dog along the footpath.’
    • ‘They turned when they got to the footpath, and began walking down the alley to where they had parked the car.’
    • ‘When the rain stopped I was walking my dachshund along the river footpath.’
    • ‘A footpath along the shore gives views across the bay and you will spot birds that make their homes in the shingle and pebble beach.’
    • ‘As a keen walker I enjoy not only long distance walks but also local walks around the footpaths of Keighley.’
    • ‘It seems to me no footpaths are easy to walk on after the horrendous non-stop rain we've suffered.’
    • ‘I'm over-joyed at this news and not just because the footpaths I like to walk will very shortly re-open.’
    • ‘Mixed with melting snow, people had to walk on footpaths covered by dark water.’
    • ‘The attacker was riding a bike along the footpath when he hit the victim on the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.’
    • ‘There are a number of long distance footpaths in the mid-Cheshire area.’
    • ‘The team noticed portions of some footpaths were worn up to 3 meters deep by people who had trod them over the centuries approaching some of the cemeteries.’
    pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, ride, riding, towpath, walk, walkway, promenade, esplanade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, causeway, right of way
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    1. 1.1British A path for pedestrians in a built-up area; a pavement.
      • ‘If you did walk along the footpath, taxis would curb-crawl in an attempt to get a fare.’
      • ‘It seems the local force is keeping a close eye on pavement pedallers after complaints from pedestrians that the footpaths are unsafe.’
      • ‘Seven walkers met at Colwall Station on a warm and sunny afternoon for a five-mile walk, mainly along footpaths and lanes.’
      • ‘But the damaged slabs along the footpaths and the broken road dividers have not been repaired.’
      • ‘Would the council now please advise us just exactly what is the position of pedestrians on footpaths?’
      • ‘Cyclists should not be on footpaths and pavements which are not for their use.’
      • ‘Work will start after the area corporators identify footpaths that have not been paved so far.’
      • ‘The result was that many people began to skip the footpath and walk through the road.’
      • ‘Council move immediately to provide footpaths and public lighting along the busy road.’
      • ‘Villagers are concerned for the safety of people walking on narrow footpaths next to narrow roads.’
      • ‘He added that the whole road structure and footpaths in the area were in a deplorable condition.’
      • ‘The sad state grips not just roads and bylanes but even those few footpaths these areas have.’
      • ‘They are advised to use footpaths and to walk by the right side of the road in stretches where it is absent.’
      • ‘Perhaps by creating more cycle routes, cyclists will be less inclined to ride on the footpaths and pedestrians will feel safer.’
      • ‘So on a meander along the city footpaths, it was fortuitous that we came across this venue, just when a lunch break was called for.’
      • ‘The creation of a buffer and the widening of the footpaths using the green areas will narrow the street.’
      • ‘The girl was walking along a footpath by the side of the road towards Swinton when the accident happened.’
      • ‘After long delays the work has commenced again on the footpaths along the Charlestown Road.’
      • ‘He said the grant was used for programmes such as filling potholes, repairing pavements and improving footpaths in the borough.’
      • ‘All along the footpaths council signs threatened fines for skateboard riding and roller blading.’
      paved path, pedestrian way, walkway, footway
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