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Claire

iFootpath Expert: The Joy of GPS

iFootpath Expert: The Joy of GPS
In the early days of iFootpath I was often asked, ‘Isn’t that just a gimmick? It’s just an electronic version of a walking guide book…’ But, of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There would have been no point creating digital walking guides unless they had distinct advantages over leaflets and books, and the main advantage can be summed up as ‘The Joy of GPS’. This iFootpath Expert article explores the many ways that the iFootpath App exploits all the benefits of GPS, meaning you can always be sure of exactly where you are relative to the route map…
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Expand Your Horizons with the 2017 Cloud Atlas

Expand Your Horizons with the 2017 Cloud Atlas
One of the things I love about walking (although, to be fair, there are thousands of things I love about walking!) is the way it allows you to get closer to the cycles and forces of nature. I’m always keen to learn more about the natural world around me, but one area where I have to admit my knowledge is a bit thin on the ground is cloud formations. Well help is at hand, with the publication of the 2017 Cloud Atlas, in a digital format for the very first time. Here we present a few of the basics; use them to create your own cloud hunt or simply to impress your fellow walkers…
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iFootpath: One Thousand Walking Guides and Still Growing

iFootpath: One Thousand Walking Guides and Still Growing

A moment we have been dreaming about has just arrived, so we wanted to take a minute to share and celebrate. Drum roll please… In May 2017, iFootpath published its 1,000th walking guide. Hooray! That’s 1,000 comprehensive UK walking guides, all richly described with full turn-by-turn directions, photos, snippets and fun facts of what you’ll see along the way, a GPS-powered map and full access notes so you can check if the walk is suitable for you. All this information, held within a handy App so you can carry the guides around with ease. We are so proud of this much-loved walking compendium and equally proud to reach this new milestone…

 

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iFootpath Expert: Know Before you Go

iFootpath Expert: Know Before you Go
There’s nothing worse than a nasty surprise when you’re out walking. In this iFootpath Expert article, we explain how all iFootpath guides are laid out to give you the key access information about a walk before you set out. No longer do you need to worry about whether you will come across tricky stiles, a field of cattle or a steep climb that isn’t suitable for your walking party…
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Discover an Easier Way to Enjoy the Howardian Hills

Discover an Easier Way to Enjoy the Howardian Hills
Howardian Hills AONB has teamed up with iFootpath to create six Easy Countryside Walking Trails, designed to give everyone the chance to enjoy a slice of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Discover the beauty of this charming landscape on hard-surfaced tracks and lanes, with short routes suitable for beginners, wheelchairs, pushchairs or disability buggies. There are stunning views and nature-rich woodlands just waiting to be discovered, and chance for a glimpse of the Kilburn White Horse, Ampleforth Abbey and Byland Abbey...
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iFootpath Expert: Refresh for Success

iFootpath Expert: Refresh for Success
The beauty of digital walking guides is that, unlike printed books and leaflets, they can be kept up to date easily. We regularly update iFootpath walking guides based on feedback from walkers, so in this latest instalment of the iFootpath Expert blog, we explain how you can ensure you always have the latest facts…
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Top of the iTunes Pops

Top of the iTunes Pops
iFootpath has hit a new milestone and we can’t resist sharing this good news. Several times over the course of the Easter week, we have hit Top of the iTunes Pops, becoming the Number One most popular Paid Travel App in the UK. We are really thrilled and want to thank everyone who has bought the App over the years, we couldn’t have grown this popular walking resource without you…
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On Track for a Car-Free Walk

On Track for a Car-Free Walk
It is always nice to hear suggestions from iFootpath walkers and it makes us even happier if it is something we can make a reality. Today we are launching a new search facility on the iFootpath website, allowing you to find all our walks that are accessible by train…
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How walking can help the NHS

How walking can help the NHS
More than 20 million UK adults are classified as physically inactive, increasing their risk of heart disease and costing the UK health service as much as £1.2billion each year according to a new report from the British Heart Foundation. This fascinating new report reveals variations on how active people are based on region and gender plus the impact this has on our health and the public purse…
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iFootpath Expert: What’s Behind a Banner?

iFootpath Expert: What’s Behind a Banner?
By popular demand, this new series of blog articles aims to transform all iFootpath customers into iFootpath Experts; helping you to learn all the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of the iFootpath website and App.  This article explains the banners that appear on some of the iFootpath walks, what they are for and how to use them…
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International Day of Happiness: The Perfect Excuse for a Walk

International Day of Happiness: The Perfect Excuse for a Walk

Those of us who have already fallen in love with walking, don’t really need a reason to don our boots and hit the countryside trails. But just in case you are looking for an excuse, look no further than the UN’s International Day of Happiness. Action for Happiness has published 10 Keys to Happier Living, and walking will help you with many of them…

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How can you tell when Spring has Sprung?

How can you tell when Spring has Sprung?
March is such an exciting month. Every rural walk tells its own story of the early signs of spring, and we love seeing all your photos as you catch glimpses of these tell-tale signs. In late February, we had plenty of photos of snowdrops, catkins and even frog spawn. So how can we tell when spring has sprung and are times changing? Our friends at the Woodland Trust have some interesting insight…
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Man’s Best Friend and Best Personal Trainer

Man’s Best Friend and Best Personal Trainer
I’m not embarrassed to admit that our dog is very important to me. She isn’t simply a pet, she is a member of the family that influences much of our family’s lifestyle and activities. I guess you could call me a crazy dog lady! But I know I’m not alone, dogs are part of everyday life in the UK. For dog owners, everyday life involves plenty of walking. Whatever the weather, whatever else is going on and however busy you are, dedicated dog owners find time for a dog walk every day. Have you ever considered then that your dog might be your best personal trainer? The facts behind this are fascinating…
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Ten of the Best: Castle Walks

Ten of the Best: Castle Walks

Be it fairytale or gothic revival, turrets or towers, dragon-filled or the home of royalty, castles come in all shapes and sizes. What they all have in common is their imposing outlines sitting in commanding positions, clearly selling the message about the wealth and power of their owners. If you fancy playing royals for the day, we bring you ten of the best castle walks…

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Humbled by Your Support

Humbled by Your Support

In the last newsletter, we gave all iFootpath customers an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to fund the ongoing growth of iFootpath. We are both humbled and thrilled that so many of you donated to this cause, and so far, we have received £200. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has contributed, it really means a lot to us. So what’s the story behind this and what next?...

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iFootpath recommended by Saturday Telegraph

iFootpath recommended by Saturday Telegraph

Walking has been featuring in lots of media lately. Whether it’s TV, magazines or newspapers, the benefits and joys of walking are being celebrated at every turn. And with all that coverage came a lovely surprise at the weekend, when iFootpath featured in the Saturday Telegraph’s Five of the Best Walking Apps…

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Six of the Best: Walks with Windmills

Six of the Best: Walks with Windmills

Windmills have a certain charm that appeals to us all, kids and big kids alike. With their graceful sails and iconic outline, they are a much-loved part of our countryside. If you fancy getting a fix of wind-powered magic, we bring you six of the best windmill walks in England…

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Six Ways to Cure Your Nature Deficit

Six Ways to Cure Your Nature Deficit

When Richard Louv penned his 2005 book, Last Child in the Woods, little did he know that his phrase ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ would strike such a chord and become a modern buzzword. When did you last kick through the leaves, run your hands through the soil or watch garden birds? Well if your answer isn’t today or yesterday, then you may need to remedy that. Find out about the disorder, its symptoms and our six recommended treatments…

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Discover a Woodland Trust Winter Wonderland with iFootpath

Discover a Woodland Trust Winter Wonderland with iFootpath

This month, our friends at the Woodland Trust have published their Top 10 Woodland Winter Walks. And it seems that great minds think alike, because you can find 3 of these walks on the iFootpath App…

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iFootpath hosts Surrey Life’s Best Winter Walks

iFootpath hosts Surrey Life’s Best Winter Walks

We were thrilled when our friends at Surrey Life magazine got in touch to ask us to recommend ten winter walks for their readers. And with there being more than 100 iFootpath walks in Surrey, we were spoilt for choice…

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