that has been created by people's feet walking where they want to go, rather than sticking to existing paths. They are typically found in parkland
, and may be between two areas not conveniently connected by a real path, but are often very short cut
s between two paths meeting at a right angle
, where people walk across a hypotenuse
to save the inconvenience of going to the corner
Desire paths are an inconvenience, at least, for park-keepers, who see them proliferate over grassy or otherwise fragile areas. They may cause erosion. Sometimes areas are fenced off to stop the desire path and let the growth regenerate; but often it is impossible to frustrate entirely people's desires for short cuts.