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Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather

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Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather
Author: Explore Surrey, Published: 01 Mar 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide star1 Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide star0 Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide
Surrey, Haslemere
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide boot Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather Walking Guide
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A 14.5km (9 mile) circular walk from Haslemere rail station, through the surrounding heathland and farmland and visiting Devil’s Punchbowl and Gibbet Hill along the way. This walk is part of the Explore Surrey collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Surrey County Council.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout including a couple of fairly steep sections. You will need to negotiate some single gates, kissing gates and steps but there are no stiles on route. Some of the paths are rocky and uneven underfoot and can also get very muddy at times, so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the winter months). Hindhead Common has grazing livestock at times to help with conservation (including wild ponies and Highland Cattle) and the hay pastures at the National Trust Swan Barn Farm can also be holding conservation livestock (Belted Galloway cattle and Jacob sheep), so take particular care with dogs. Allow 4.5 hours.

There are public toilets available at the Devil’s Punchbowl (waypoint 3) and if you are looking for refreshments, there are lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes in Haslemere High Street (at the start and end of the walk), a pub and cafe at Devil’s Punchbowl (waypoint 3) and The Wheatsheaf pub in Grayswood (just a short walk from the church at waypoint 6). Ordnance Survey Map: Explorer OL33 Haslemere and Petersfield. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Information is included for your interest, but please respect people’s privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.

The walk starts and finishes from Haslemere rail station, which also has a bus stop directly outside. For help with planning your journey by public transport please visit http://journeys.travelsmartsurrey.info. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park which costs £8 per day Mon-Fri, £2 Sat and Bank Holidays and £1 Sun (correct March 2016). There are several other car parks in Haslemere should you prefer to use these. Approximate post code GU27 2PE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Church Lane
Start to Church Lane

Start point: 51.0886 lat, -0.719 long
End point: 51.0925 lat, -0.7095 long

Leave the rail station via the main exit on Platform 1. Turn left and join the left-hand pavement which leads you past a bus stop and cafe on your left. When you reach the pedestrian crossing, swap to the right-hand pavement and follow this along Lower Road (crossing over the side road, Sand Rock, with care).

The road climbs steadily towards Haslemere centre and soon you will be following an elevated section of pavement above the road. At the end of this section, use the zebra crossing to swap back to the left-hand pavement and stay with this as it swings left into Haslemere High Street, passing the war memorial on your right. The High Street has a whole host of pubs, restaurants and cafes ideal for a refreshment stop now, or at the end of the walk.

Cross over a couple of side roads and continue past the Georgian Hotel on your left. 50 metres later, look out for a narrow alleyway on your left, signed as a public footpath to Church Lane (it is easy to miss this so keep your eyes peeled!). Turn left and follow this narrow alleyway ahead, staying with the fence line on your right at the first junction. Half way along you will pass a community pavilion on your left and at the end you will emerge to a junction with Church Lane.

Church Lane to Farnham Lane
Church Lane to Farnham Lane

Start point: 51.0925 lat, -0.7095 long
End point: 51.0987 lat, -0.729 long

Cross over with care and turn left along the pavement, following it across the rail bridge. Stay with the pavement as it climbs and swings right, leading you past St Bartholomew’s Church on your left. Designed by local architect JW Penfold, the church has windows in the north aisle that commemorate the poets Alfred Lord Tennyson and Gerald Manley Hopkins.

Continue ahead along the pavement, crossing over a side road as the main road becomes High Lane. Just after passing the property entrance for High Garth on your left (and where the railings for a raised section of tarmac path end on your right), cross over the road with care into the entrance drive for Lanreath. Within the drive, fork immediately right to join the narrow stone path, signed as the Greensand Way.

Since Haslemere High Street we have been following the Greensand Way. This scenic long distance route follows the Greensand ridge through Surrey and Kent, running for 108 miles from Haslemere to Hamstreet near Romney Marsh. Our journey today follows the first 4 miles of the route, from Haslemere to Gibbet Hill.

Follow this narrow hedge-lined path out to a junction with Weydown Road. Cross over with care and go straight ahead to join the continuation of the footpath, taking time to enjoy the views which have opened up across the valley ahead and to your right. At the bottom of the slope, the path leads you over a short boardwalk and, soon afterwards you will emerge to a junction with a quiet country lane.

Turn left along this lane, taking care of any traffic, cross the stream bridge and then take the first right, Stoatley Hollow, marked as a no through road. At the fork in the lane, keep left and stay with this quiet access lane as it leads you steadily uphill. Where the tarmac lane ends, keep ahead on the unmade sunken path which climbs more steeply. At the top, bear right to merge with a residential access track. Follow this out to the T-junction with the road, Farnham Lane.

Farnham Lane to Devil's Punchbowl
Farnham Lane to Devil's Punchbowl

Start point: 51.0987 lat, -0.729 long
End point: 51.1137 lat, -0.7298 long

Turn right along the lane, taking care of any traffic. Follow it for 300m, ignoring the first bridleway signed to the left, instead continuing on to reach a footpath sign on the left (directly opposite Little Scotstoun on your right). Turn left here and follow the woodland footpath through a kissing gate. (NOTE: you may come across livestock used for conservation grazing from this point).

When you come to a staggered crossroads, turn right and immediately left to continue on the Greensand Way (marked with a GW waymark). This path leads you steeply downhill between sections of heather and bilberry, a sure sign of the acidic nature of the soil here. Simply keep ahead on this undulating path through the heath, ignoring any side paths.

Further along, the path runs alongside a fence on your left. Continue ahead on the rocky path to reach a fork. Take the left-hand branch (still following the GW waymarker). The path climbs fairly steeply to reach a gate. Pass through this and continue climbing on the main path, passing a red tile-clad property through the trees to your left. The path swings left to reach the entrance gates for the property on your left.

Turn to your right (with the gates now behind you) and you will see a choice of two paths ahead into the woodland. Take the left-hand of these, which runs parallel with a line of garden fences across to your left. Now simply keep ahead on this woodland path and eventually you will emerge out to the edge of the parking area for the Devil’s Punchbowl. You will see the Devil’s Punchbowl pub to your left and the visitor centre and cafe directly ahead.

Devil's Punchbowl to Gibbet Hill
Devil's Punchbowl to Gibbet Hill

Start point: 51.1137 lat, -0.7298 long
End point: 51.1155 lat, -0.7158 long

Standing with your back to the path from which you emerged (with the access road running in front of you), turn right to reach a fork marking a choice of paths; a tarmac byway and an unsurfaced bridleway. Take the right-hand one, the unsurfaced bridleway signed as the Greensand Way. Just out of interest, the tarmac byway is actually the former A3 road. The A3 road ran through this area for more than 200 years, before the Hindhead Tunnel was opened in 2011 meaning the traffic is now safely transported beneath your feet.

Pass a workshop outbuilding on your left and go ahead through the gate. NOTE: Once again you may come across conservation livestock from this point, in the form of Highland Cattle or wild ponies. Follow this wide stone track, leading you out from the dense woodland and into a more open heath section of Hindhead Common. The views open up to your right and on a clear day you can see for miles.

Further along, the track enters another section of woodland to reach a junction of paths. Go straight ahead (a path at about 11 o’clock marked with GW) and follow this stone track leading you uphill. Eventually you will reach a T-junction with a byway (marked with red arrows). Turn left along this and then pass through the gate alongside a cattle grid. Just beyond this you will reach a fingerpost. Stay with the main track, signed to Gibbet Hill (ignoring the track behind a vehicle barrier). At the major fork, take the right-hand branch. Pass beside a smaller vehicle barrier and keep ahead to reach the brow of Gibbet Hill with its trig point and Celtic Cross.

Gibbet Hill is the second highest point in Surrey, standing at 272m above sea level. Take time to enjoy the panoramic views. On clear days it is possible to see several landmarks within London, including Wembley Stadium and The Gherkin. The hill takes its name from the Gibbet (a type of gallows) that once stood here and was used to execute criminals. The bodies were hung in metal cages to deter other criminals.

Gibbet Hill to Halcyon House
Gibbet Hill to Halcyon House

Start point: 51.1155 lat, -0.7158 long
End point: 51.1104 lat, -0.7055 long

When you are ready to continue, stand with your back to the trig point with the granite cross over to your left and facing the views ahead. Take the narrow path at about 2 o’clock which leads you downhill with the views to your left. Take care as this path is uneven underfoot. At the bottom you will reach a crossroads, go straight ahead passing alongside the vehicle barrier to join the track which climbs steadily.

Just beyond the brow of the hill, take the right-hand branch at the fork and follow this as it swings steadily left. Stay with this main track as it leads you through the woodland and you will come to the Temple of the Four Winds on the left. This platform once housed an old hunting lodge, built in 1910 as part of the Witley Estate. Pass this old temple on your left and shortly you will reach a junction with a waymarker post (with several blue arrows).

Ignore the first path on your left (directly alongside a bank formed from a line of beech tree roots). Instead keep ahead for a few paces and then take the next narrow path which swings sharply left around the contour of the hill. Further along, stay with this main path which swings sharp right around a hairpin bend, still heading gently downhill. This section of woodland contains several old coppiced trees and, in this sheltered spot, the trunks are covered in beautiful moss and lichen.

As you emerge from the trees, ignore the paths off to the right and left, simply keep ahead on the main path. Eventually you will come to a T-junction. Turn right and follow the stone track to reach a vehicle barrier. Pass alongside this and stay with the vehicle track as it leads you past a brick and timber property on your right, Halcyon House, with a lake down to the left.

Halcyon House to All Saints Church
Halcyon House to All Saints Church

Start point: 51.1104 lat, -0.7055 long
End point: 51.105 lat, -0.6912 long

Continue on the vehicle track leading you between woodland paddocks and out through the property’s gateway. Just 30 metres later, at a waymarker post, turn left to join a side bridleway leading you downhill. Soon this path widens out to a stone track which can get very muddy in part. Later, the path leads you past a number of fenced grass pastures on your left (one of which held a beautiful herd of alpacas when we walked by).

Ignore the kissing gate on the right, simply stay with the main track which passes a couple of barns on your left (you may meet the resident donkey here). Keep ahead to reach a T-junction at the end. Turn right, passing under the arched railway bridge. Pass the beautiful brick and timber Red Cottages on your right then stay with the track which winds past more houses and over a stream. At the end of the track you will reach a junction with the road. Turn right along the pavement and continue for just 70 metres to draw level with All Saints Church in Grayswood on your right. (Note: If you are looking for refreshments at this stage, keep ahead along the pavement and you will find The Wheatsheaf Inn on your right).

All Saints Church to Hammer Pond
All Saints Church to Hammer Pond

Start point: 51.105 lat, -0.6912 long
End point: 51.0951 lat, -0.6781 long

Alongside the church, cross over the road with care to enter the car park for the village hall. Just before you reach the hall ahead, fork right across the village green heading for a path in between the school on your left and a play area on your right. Pass between the school and play area and you will come to a junction with the side road.

Cross over with care and turn left along the pavement, passing Grayswood House on your left. At the crossroads go straight ahead to join the stone access track marked as a private lane. Stay with the main track as it swings right passing a treatment works on your left. At the end of the track you will come to a gate ahead. Pass through the gap alongside to enter a field. Walk at about 1 o’clock, following the line of a fence on your left.

In the bottom corner, keep ahead on the path through a belt of trees and you will emerge to a crop field. Take the path between 10 and 11 o’clock, heading for a waymarker post at the woodland corner on the far side. As you reach the post, bear right and follow the field edge footpath with the woodland running on your left. At the end of this first crop field, go through the hedge gap in front of you and walk ahead across the centre of the second crop field. Go through the gap in the tree line and turn immediately right, following a grass track with the trees on your right. You will emerge to a T-junction with a tarmac access lane with a large hammer pond ahead.

Hammer Pond to Holdfast Lane
Hammer Pond to Holdfast Lane

Start point: 51.0951 lat, -0.6781 long
End point: 51.0906 lat, -0.6874 long

Nearby Imbhams blast furnace is thought to have been built in about 1570. Iron was extracted from iron-rich seams of Wealden clay. Colliers used coppice wood cut in the surrounding woodlands to produce charcoal to fuel the furnace. The large pond is comparatively modern, but just beyond it is the boring mill pond which was used for the iron works. Large guns were cast at the furnace and the pond provided water to drive the boring mill, where the hollow cast guns were bored out to the required internal diameter by a revolving cutter. The furnace had ceased to operate by 1667, probably due to the difficulties in transporting the produce across the Wealden clay, and competition from coal-based industries in the midlands.

Turn left and follow the tarmac lane as it swings right, with the pond still immediately on your right. The lane leads you past farm buildings on your left and then continues for a long straight stretch with a woodland running on the right and open pastures to the left. At the end of this lane you will come to a junction with the road, Holdfast Lane.

Holdfast Lane to End
Holdfast Lane to End

Start point: 51.0906 lat, -0.6874 long
End point: 51.0889 lat, -0.7182 long

Turn left and then fork immediately right, passing through a kissing gate to enter a rough pasture. Walk ahead, following the right-hand fence. At the far side, a short section of path takes you through an area of trees and then a kissing gate leads you out to a quiet residential track. Turn right and after a few paces the stone track becomes an unmade path through a belt of trees. At the end you will reach a National Trust sign marking the start of Swan Barn Farm.

Swan Barn Farm is a quiet retreat of pastures and woodland. The pastures are lined with hedgerows, where Belted Galloways graze and hay is cut to encourage meadow flowers. Long-term volunteers live in a specially designed eco-house whilst a basecamp makes a temporary home for those volunteers on working holidays.

NOTE: You may come across grazing cattle and sheep from this point. Pass through the gate and keep ahead following the path along the right-hand edge of this first field. Continue along this bottom boundary of several more fields, passing through five more gates along the way. Beyond the fields you will enter Witley Copse. Follow the obvious woodland path through the copse. At the fork, take the left-hand branch and at the next fingerpost go straight ahead. Cross the narrow footbridge and go through the gate ahead to enter the last pasture.

Walk at about 11 o’clock, heading for a gap in the tree line opposite. Pass through this gap and keep ahead, following the fence on your right. Pass out through the gate and you will reach a concrete track within the buildings of Swan Barn Farm.

Turn right on the concrete track and follow this as it swings immediately left. The track leads you past some allotments on your left and then swings left, climbing up to a junction with the road. Turn right along the pavement and, just before the junction, swap to the left-hand pavement using the zebra crossing. You will pass the end of the High Street on your right, your last chance for a well-deserved refreshment stop!

From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the rail station. Keep ahead on the left-hand pavement, crossing over the side road with care to join Lower Street. Simply follow Lower Street winding ahead and it will lead you directly back to Haslemere rail station where the walk began.

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4 comments for "Explore Surrey: Haslemere Hills and Heather"

Lovely walk, on a lovely day, nice to see the grazing ponies and highland cattle too. Good clear, easy to follow guide.

By kevincover on 26 Jun 2017

Great walk, highly recommended. Instructions clear.

By WimbledonWan on 12 Mar 2017

Beautiful walk. Long but not to difficult! Can be quite muddy. Can only recommend this tour!

By janold66 on 04 Mar 2017

Nice walk , however there was a bit of confusion on section 5 Gibbet Hill to Halcyon House , the 2nd to last paragraph starting ignore the first path on your left & referring to taking the next narrow path which swings sharply left. Does not appear correlate with gps map that advises you to go straight ahead on the larger path. There is a path to the left however takes you in the wrong direction, so after checking this out we followed the gps map that lead to Halcyon house in the end. Worth checking this out next time someone from the i path team walk the route.

By Justin1 on 18 Feb 2017

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A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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Introduction to iFootpath

iFootpath provides a mechanism to capture and share details of walks, but it is worth explaining the essential structure of a walk as they are stored in the iFootpath database. The basic concept is that a walk consists of any number of sections that are joined end to end. For each section we might want to describe views or other points of interest about that part of the walk.

The database that underpins iFootpath provides the mechanisms to store the structure and details of each walk, descriptions, photographs and mapping data for the overall walk and each section of it. It is not mandatory to enter information into every single field in the forms we provide, although some basic details are essential to ensure the walk database stays manageable and searcheable.

Each walk entered can be shared with all other iFootpath users, but before a walk (and its sections) are shared there are three stages it must go through. The first stage is as a "Draft". When a walk is in draft it is only visible and editable by you, the author of that walk. Whilst it is in draft form you can add sections, photographs, further description and refine it as you see fit. You can do as little or as much as you like. However, it is worth remembering that if someone (you) wants to print it off and take it as a walking guide, then it is worth taking the time to detail each section reasonably concisely. Long descriptions are generally distracting when walking and a short, concise version is usually much easier to use.

When you are happy with the walk description and its sections you can set the status to "Ready". This does not yet make it visible to everyone. It does, however, lock the editing (although you can change it back to draft and continue editing) and alerts the systems administrators that it requires reviewing prior to being "Published". When set to "Ready" the walk will be reviewed to check it contains the basic data needed and to ensure the content is clean. We do not allow content to include obscenities, swearing or other offensive language or pictures. This review does not check the walk for accuracy; whilst we would love to test each and every walk through walking we simply do not have the time. If we do find something wrong with the walk we will contact you and ask that it is fixed prior to marking it as "Published".

Once the walk is published it is now visible to any user of iFootpath and is therefore in the public domain given that anyone can register and access iFootpath. You are therefore responsible that any photographs used in your walk description are not infringing copyright. See our terms and conditions for further information on what we do and do not allow.

Published walks are available to all users of iFootpath and are listed in the walk browser to read or print and will be listed in the iPhone/iPod Touch application for download.

Walks in iFootpath

A walk in iFootpath is an introduction to the overall walk, identification of where it is and starts, some overview notes and general commentary.

Title (required)

A walk title should provide a brief indication of where or what the walk is. Walk titles do not have to be unique.

Description (required)

This provides a text area where you can describe the walk. Explain what you love about the walk, what makes it different and what people will see. In addition try to answer all the questions you might ask before going on a route. What sort of paths does the walk use? Any steep accents/descents? Are there any stiles? Are people likely to come across horse/cows/sheep?

County (required)

The county in which the walk starts is essential to help finding the walk in the database. Some walks may straddle more than one county - we suggest you select the county in which the walk starts or is mostly within.

Area (optional)

This field can be used, if you wish, to further identify where the walk is. This is particularly useful for large counties.

Walk Type (required)

To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

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Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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