Finger Post Signs

This section details directional signage, such as finger posts, bollards and waymarker discs, suitable for wayfinding in parks, nature reserves, public open spaces and urban environments.

Shelley Signs is an experienced sign maker with twenty years experience designing bespoke signs manufactured to your exact specification. Most projects start with us providing a quote. You can contact us via email, the enquiry form or give us a call. We are always happy to chat through your requirements.

Some clients know exactly what they want and provide a detailed brief. Other clients are looking for guidance and to explore options – we are happy to work with you to define your project.

Timber finger post with directional arms

This Finger Posts link downloads a PDF with details about oak, softwood & aluminium directional finger post signs.

The range of options for signs in public open spaces is vast and includes directional finger posts, bollards and waymarker discs. The sub-pages on this page provide an introduction to each style – follow the link below for further information.

Finger Post Signs

Finger Posts are used to direct visitors around public open spaces. These directional signs guide pedestrians in parks, nature reserves, town centres, universities and airports. The number of directional arms or ‘fingers’ will vary to suit the navigational challenges being presented. Finger posts can be produced in powder-coated aluminium, recycled plastic, oak or treated softwood.

Wooden Finger Posts

Oak directional finger posts are our most popular option. They are made from slow-grown, sustainable oak and finished with a hardwearing clear lacquer. The natural beauty of the wood will age over time to give a rustic appearance.

Softwood Finger Posts

Treated softwood finger post signs are an economic alternative to oak fingerposts. They are produced from quality Scandinavian redwood and pressure treated with a wood preservative. The posts are finished with hardwearing black paint.

Aluminium Finger Posts

Aluminium fingerposts are the most weatherproof option and are ideal for coastal locations or areas which experience high levels of vandalism. They can be powder-coated in any standard RAL colour to match the surrounding environment.


Bollards are wooden posts, normally produced in either oak or top quality, pressure-treated softwood to ensure longer life. While bollards can be used to control traffic flow in a park environment they offer a discreet way to direct visitors and can include waymarker discs or routed images. Bollards are more discreet than full directional finger posts, and can be positioned in clusters to direct visitors in several directions.

Waymarker Discs

Waymarker Discs (or ‘waypoint markers’) can be produced in PVC or GRP. They direct visitors and can be often be seen on nature trails. The discs can be fitted to existing structures making a low-cost option for directing visitor flow in open space environments. The standard size for waymarking discs is 76mm in diameter and comes in many colours. We recommend using the GRP option due to its high level of durability.

You may also be interested in our range of entrance signs, interpretation panels and notice boards. These options provide a range of ways to communicate with your visitors using both permanent and short-term graphics.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are directional fingerposts?

Finger post signs are used for directing visitors around open spaces material options include oak, treated softwood, recycled plastic and steel posts with printed finger arms.

What are some of the common types of wayfinding signs?

Some common types of wayfinding signs include finger posts, bollards, and directional signage. Each type serves a different purpose in helping visitors find their way.

What is a directional bollard?

Timber Bollards are a versatile and effective way of communicating and influencing the behaviour of visitors to country parks and public open spaces. They can be discreet and very simple or large and contain a range of information including printed graphics. Directional bollards are normally produced in timber. They can be in oak, pressure treated softwood or recycled plastic.

What is a wayfinding sign?

A wayfinding sign is a directional sign that helps people navigate their way through an environment, such as a city or park.

What is a waymarker disc?

Waymarker discs are a popular and low-cost means of directing visitors around open spaces and influencing their behaviour. Commonly 76mm diameter the standard waymarker discs are for Footpaths, Bridleways, cycle routes & restricted access but we produce individual waymarkers with route names, crests, logos and colours to suit. Waymarkers can be produced at any size to suit.

What is the difference between a finger post and a bollard?

Finger post signs are taller than a bollard and typically have an arm extending out from it with text or symbols indicating where to go. Bollards are shorter, squat posts that are often used to control traffic flow in a park setting. They can also include waymarker discs or routed images.

What is the difference between a waypoint market and a directional sign?

Waypoint markers are used to indicate specific points of interest, while directional signs help people navigate their way through an environment. Waypoint markers can be attached to existing structures making them a low-cost option for directing visitor flow in open space environments.

What is the difference between directional signage made from wood or metal?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as each type of material has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the specific application. However, in general, wooden directional signage is more discreet and can be stained or painted to match the environment, while metal signs are more durable and weather-resistant.

Directional Finger Posts

Finger posts are used for directing visitors around open spaces material options include oak, treated softwood, recycled plastic and steel posts with printed finger arms.

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