We are so pleased to have received more press coverage this week, this time in the Essential Surrey magazines, from Sheengate Publications.
I did some quick calculations recently and it turns out that I walk more than 1,000 miles every year. Lucky me! Great for mind, body and soul and I love every minute of it. But it also got me thinking…these feet of mine are really being put through their paces (literally!). So I thought I’d share with you my personal tried and tested ways to look after your feet and ensure that they will carry you for many more miles into the future. May I present, The iFootpath Girl’s guide to footcare for walkers…
Today, 11 October 2016, is Face Your Fears Day. The organisers explain, “Take a moment to consider what your life might be like if you conquered some of your greatest fears. What would you do differently? Face Your Fears Day gives you the chance to stand up to your fears, overcome them, and to seize the day.”
Green exercise in England benefits adult health to the tune of £2.2 billion a year, according to a recent study published in the journal of Preventative Medicine. Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and Public Health England analysed data from the world’s largest study on recreational visits to natural places, such as parks, woods and beaches. They estimated that over 8 million adults in England engage in green exercise each week, resulting in over 1.3 billion green exercise visits a year.
iFootpath is proud to be the walking guides partner for an exciting arts project in the Surrey Hills. The Inspiring Views project commissioned five sculptors and designers to create sculptural benches at viewpoints along the Greensand Way at Gibbet Hill, Reynards Hill, Holmbury Hill, Winterfold and Hascombe Hill. Find out more about these striking sculptures and the iFootpath walks that will guide you to them…
With harvest season upon us, it got me thinking about all things seeds. From a tiny acorn, a giant oak may grow. However magical it may seem, we all know that every beautiful old tree began life as a tiny seed. But if seeds were to fall straight off the tree and germinate at the roots of the parent, the next generation would fail and trees would be in crisis. Evolution created the answer to this conundrum and trees have developed a range of amazing techniques to ensure their seeds travel far and wide…
Doctors prescribing exercise outdoors to patients would get more people doing physical activity and help reduce obesity, say councils. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils, is calling for a similar model to the "green prescription" in New Zealand that gets people outdoors, to be introduced in England and Wales...
Wales Outdoors owner, Andy Lamb, has downloaded the iFootpath App to test it out. And his conclusion? He highly recommends it as a great walking resource! Thank you Andy for your vote of confidence. As a walking expert and outdoor professional, we really value Andy’s opinion…
During August and September, our moorlands and heaths are transformed into a vivid shade of purple as the heather bursts into its annual bloom. But aside from being a beautiful spectacle for walkers, the heather has an important purpose. It supports lots of wildlife by providing food and habitat and it has also played an important role in human history too. Discover why bees love purple and find the best heather walks...
An exciting new long distance walking trail, the Sussex Hospices Trail, is taking shape and is on track for completion in early October 2016. Friends of Sussex Hospices is working with partners on this ambitious project to create a new 200-mile walking trail, connecting and raising awareness of the twelve hospice providers that deliver their invaluable services across Sussex. 129 miles of the route are already published, ready for walkers to get their boots muddy for a great cause...
As part of a joint project with Ryedale District Council, we spent three weeks in early Summer 2016 creating walking guides from the various market towns within this beautiful corner of North Yorkshire. One of the towns in question, Helmsley, is thrilled with the results and the iFootpath Helmsley walking guides featured in a July article for Countryfile Magazine.
Ryedale District Council has teamed up with digital walking guide business, iFootpath, to devise and map four walks from each of Ryedale's market towns - 20 walks in total. The routes are described, photographed and mapped in detail and to make it even easier, they can be downloaded and followed using an app on smart phones, or printed out.
They’re here! It’s time for the school summer holidays! Six whole weeks stretching before us filled with the lazy, hazy days of summer. Oh, if only it were that simple! There’s just that small matter of finding ways to entertain the whole family without breaking the bank. Ebuyer has published a blog post of the Best Apps for Amazing Days Out and we’re thrilled that iFootpath has made the list.
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Capability Brown, the landscape architect who earned the name England’s Greatest Gardener. He is said to be to landscaping what Turner is to painting and Wordsworth is to poetry. And the legacy of Capability Brown remains for us all to enjoy in large areas of parkland and gardens across the country.
Britain could be set for another bumper year of tourism after visitor numbers in February broke all previous records. According to the Office for National Statistics 2.25 million people visited the UK in February 2016, an 8% rise on the previous year. It follows a record 35.8 million visits to the UK in 2015, 6 million more than in 2010.
We all experience pressures on our time, including at work, and it is easy to let this get in the way of our health and wellbeing. In a recent Westfield Health survey, it was revealed that 55% of UK workers eat lunch at their desks and half of us only get up from our desks to go to the toilet during the whole working day. Westfield Health explores the benefits of walking and provides some tips for fitting a little more motion into your working day…
If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is the perfect month for you! It’s an ideal opportunity to teach children about the joy of playing outside and how getting out and about can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting out and about is often a free or cheap day out for families, and can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to learn about nature and the environment, to de-stress and to improve your mental and physical well-being.
iFootpath is pleased to announce that it is now the proud owner of another excellent walking website, DogWalksYorkshire. As current iFootpath customers know, our mission in life is to make walking accessible, fun and stress-free for seasoned walkers and newcomers alike. When we first came across the DogWalksYorkshire website we were pleased to find like-minded folk with a similar ethos, albeit specifically aimed at dog walkers in Yorkshire. When we learned that the current DogWalksYorkshire team were looking to pass on the baton to someone that could take their website forward, we were pleased to step up and offer to do just that.
This summer we are working in West Sussex to help promote the area to visitors and to encourage more people to take up walking, both visitors and local residents. As part of this project, we will be creating 10 new West Sussex Weekends walking guides, beautiful routes exploring the West Sussex countryside, towns and villages. We need each walk to be fronted by a volunteer walking ambassador, someone that will put their name, face and story to the walk to encourage younger people and families to visit West Sussex and catch the walking bug…
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!