Definition of waymark in English:



  • A sign forming one of a series used to mark out a route, especially a footpath or bridle path.

    • ‘This moorland walk follows the distinctive waymarkers of the Pendle Way for most of its length and takes in the lofty summit of Pendle Hill, Lancashire's most celebrated ‘mountain’.’
    • ‘Look for a waymarker that takes you sharp left off the forest road onto a narrower path, fairly steeply uphill to a summit.’
    • ‘After passing over the brow of a small hill leave the track and bear diagonally right across a field along a path indicated by a waymarker; this leads to a wooden footbridge on the far side of the large field.’
    • ‘Throughout the walk you will be following yellow waymarkers, where they exist.’
    • ‘There are no waymarks for a while, which is irritating.’
    • ‘In contrast to the 18-inch Ryedale waymarkers, Stuart has come across some imposing ones in the West Riding.’
    • ‘Take the path with the yellow waymarker following Grizedale Beck on your right.’
    • ‘All waymarks referred to are the arrows for public rights of way, not Forestry Commission routes.’
    • ‘The National Trust's orange-banded waymark posts were useful.’
    • ‘Leave the reservoir behind by following the path running between a plantation and a little brook to reach a junction of paths at a stone waymarker.’
    • ‘For the next half mile ignore homemade waymarks and some that may be official.’
    • ‘Ignore the track leading off to the right but continue downhill to cross a gate and stile and follow the track leading to a waymarker on an old gate post.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later I was finished, rather pleased with the walk, though note this is obviously a rarely done circuit; one can tell by the paucity of waymarks and the gates that have to be clambered over.’
    • ‘‘Gates have replaced stiles, new bridges have gone in, muddy sections have been improved, distinctive waymarks erected, and the wardens have even replaced rustic steps up some of the steepest slopes,’ said Jo.’
    • ‘From the car park climb the path over a small bridge, following red waymarkers.’
    • ‘Look out for a distinct path coming up this valley; the way is indicated by a waymarker post on your right.’
    • ‘I got to the last waymark on the 212-mile Southern Upland Way, but there were no throngs of cheering crowds, no flags being waved.’
    • ‘Jan Scrine little realised what she was taking on when she agreed to help find and catalogue every milestone, or roadside waymarker, in Yorkshire.’
    • ‘You will hardly need my directions, with a waymark a minute.’
    • ‘Just before a sign: ‘Private No Entry’, take a path on the left, by a red waymarker.’
    notice, signpost, signboard, warning sign, road sign, traffic sign
    View synonyms


  • Identify (a route) with a waymark:

    ‘the trail is waymarked with blue arrows’
    • ‘I note that there are no waymarked walking routes in the vicinity.’
    • ‘The peninsula is looped by the Dingle Way, one of Ireland's best waymarked paths.’
    • ‘If the weather doesn't look good, there are plenty of short waymarked trails around the six reservoirs starting from the car park by the ranger's office.’
    • ‘Much of the countryside is accessible too, with hundreds of long-distance paths and shorter, waymarked routes to help you discover woodlands, heaths, hills and moors.’
    • ‘The forest is now owned by the Forestry Commission and includes a visitor centre, shop, tearoom, picnic sites, an adventure play area, waymarked walking trails and cycle routes that run from one to nine miles in length.’
    • ‘Ignore a waymarked gate on the right and follow the track as it winds left, through woodland, and comes to a signpost, directing you right along a pleasing grassy track.’
    • ‘The forest drive was completed, allowing cars to drive through the entire forest: and since then a series waymarked trails has been set up for walkers, and about 50 km of cycle trails.’
    • ‘A major survey of the walls was undertaken last year: and ideas being considered include opening stretches of the wall at night, putting up more railings, and having new waymarked routes and better information signs.’
    • ‘He reported that the path through the college grounds was now fully waymarked and new kissing gates had been installed.’
    • ‘The park has two short waymarked circuits located just south of the Sperrin Mountains.’
    • ‘The route is waymarked with flags at 100m intervals.’
    • ‘Less than a mile along the walk is the site of the former alum works, where information panels along a waymarked trail explain the story of alum production on the site from 1650 to 1850.’
    • ‘You can explore by canoe, following waymarked trails that connect lakes and rivers; several firms can arrange kayak hire.’
    • ‘The route follows well waymarked paths from Hawkshead across low pastures to the charming settlement of Colthouse.’
    • ‘The new mountain bike trails will be created through virgin forest adding to the 34 miles of waymarked trails already available to cyclists.’
    • ‘To that end, they've developed a huge network of superbly waymarked and graded mountain-biking trails.’
    • ‘There are good car parking bays on both sides of the road and the route is waymarked, making it easy to follow.’
    • ‘Do not go through the gate but turn left along the waymarked route keeping the wall on your right.’
    • ‘The route is mostly waymarked by white arrows on a yellow background.’
    • ‘Though just a handful of scenic roads wriggle through its untold ridges and valleys, dozens of waymarked trails thread the mountains.’