On 15/08/2019 10:56, Peter Elderson wrote:
... So the lowest level always contains only ways, the higher level contains 
only relations.

Please don't make things more complicated than they need to be. Most hiking routes are just a single relation and are best left that way.

The ways in the main relation should form one continuous sorted (sortable) 

No.  Don't assume that route ways are sorted in OSM as they usually aren't.

which data users can extract or link to for navigation or planner software.

Pretty much irrelevant.  As long as the data's there, software can figure it out.

Note that rendering routes is not that critical,

This depends entirely on the use case.  As an example, it is for me.

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