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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough
Author: Claire, Published: 24 Jul 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulboroughstar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulboroughstar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulboroughstar0 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulboroughstar0 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough
West Sussex, Billingshurst
Walk Type: Long distance path
Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough
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A 9 mile linear walk from Billingshurst rail station to Pulborough rail station, forming the 23rd stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This is a particularly beautiful stretch of the trail, offering a peaceful riverside setting for much of the journey with plenty of wildlife and history to enjoy along the way. Once you have escaped the hum of Billingshurst, most of your journey is in the company of the River Arun and the disused Wey and Arun Canal. Discover some of the canal’s old structures, including Lordings Lock and Waterwheel, and relax in the tranquil setting of the waterway now reclaimed by nature. The return journey can be completed with a single 6 minute train journey.

The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.

The walking route from Billingshurst to Pulborough is relatively flat with just a few gentle slopes along the way. Some sections of path are quite narrow (and are prone to become a bit overgrown in the late summer) and some of the riverside paths and woodland bridleways can get very muddy at times. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges, steps and 12 stiles (all of which have purpose-built dog gates or open fencing alongside, meaning most dogs will pass through easily). There is limited road walking and most of the paths are enclosed from fields and roads so well-behaved dogs can enjoy plenty of off-lead time. You will need to cross two fields that may be holding sheep and two fields that may be holding cattle (the cattle seemed very relaxed when we passed by with our dog, but be careful with dogs all the same). Allow 4.5 hours.

There are no facilities for the bulk of the route. If you are looking for refreshments, The Limeburners pub is 1.5 miles into the route, there is a great picnic site at Lordings Lock or you will find a choice of places to eat in Pulborough at the end of your walk.

The walk starts at Billingshurst rail station (served by the Bognor Regis to London Victoria service) and finishes at Pulborough rail station. The two stations sit on the same line, usually with two trains per hour Mon-Sat and an hourly service on Sundays. The return train journey between the two stations takes just 6 minutes. If you are coming by car, Pulborough rail station (at the end of the walk) has the cheapest of the two rail car parks, it costs £5.50 Mon-Sat and £2 on Sundays (correct July 2016). Approximate post code RH20 1AH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Lordings Road
Start to Lordings Road

Start point: 51.0152 lat, -0.4502 long
End point: 51.0201 lat, -0.473 long

Leave Billingshurst Station via the exit on Platform 1 and turn left through the parking area to reach the main road (with the level crossing to your left). Cross over the road and go straight ahead into Myrtle Lane, signed as a public footpath. Continue to the end of this lane and then pick up the tarmac footpath ahead. This narrow path swings left and then right to run alongside the railway line (on your left).

When you emerge out to a road, cross over with care to reach the far pavement and turn right along this (heading away from the railway). At the T-junction (with a mini-roundabout), once again cross over to the far pavement and turn right along this. Ignore the first footpath signed to the left, instead continue to the traffic lights and turn left into Luxford Way. Just a short way along, as you reach House Number 5 on your left, cross over to turn right through the gate within the hedgerow to reach the edge of some playing fields.

Standing with your back to the gate, walk between 11 and 12 o’clock across the grass. At the far side, pass immediately to the right of the small culvert ditch and walk ahead through the narrow gap in the hedge line. Bear left to follow the narrow path with a hedge on your left and a fence on your right. As you come to a three-way junction, take the right fork and continue ahead through the grass clearing, staying close to the right-hand boundary. Towards the end, the path leads you down a grass slope to merge with a tarmac path ahead, leading you over a pretty stream. A few paces later at the fork, take the left-hand branch and follow this wide tarmac path leading you steadily uphill.

At the top, pass through the staggered barrier to reach a junction with the road. Cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this. Where the road swings away left, fork right, taking the middle of the three tarmac paths which leads you up a ramp and across a bridge over the A29. At the far side, keep ahead along the quiet lane, passing Bridgewater Cottage on your left. Stay with the left-hand pavement which continues ahead (leaving the lane) and then becomes a pavement along a second quiet road before becoming a path running alongside the A272. Keep ahead, passing Newbridge Farm across to your right, and then follow the pavement as it bears left into the side road, Lordings Road.

Lordings Road to Lordings Lock
Lordings Road to Lordings Lock

Start point: 51.0201 lat, -0.473 long
End point: 51.011 lat, -0.4922 long

Follow the left-hand pavement ahead and it will lead you past a pub, The Limeburners (which started life in the 1500s as a row of three lime-workers' cottages). NOTE: The pavement ends at this point so take care of traffic for this next short stretch. 50 metres beyond the pub, cross over to turn right onto the signed public footpath (the driveway for Guildenhurst Manor). A little way along, ignore the kissing gate on your left, simply keep ahead along the drive. Just before you reach the vehicle gate for Guildenhurst Place to your left, turn right over a stile in the hedge to enter a large meadow. NOTE: You may come across sheep in any of the next fields so take care with dogs.

Follow the obvious grass path at about 10 o’clock and across to the left you will see the old buildings of Guildenhurst Manor. Cross the next stile and continue across the second field where another stile leads you into the third field. With your back to this stile, walk straight ahead, heading for the wide bridge at the field bottom. Go through the gate and cross the wide wooden bridge over the River Arun.

Keep ahead along the obvious grass track and, just before you reach the tree line (which conceals a subtle fingerpost marking a crossroad), turn left following the grass path with the tree line running on your right. Cross the footbridge (which has low step stiles each side) and keep ahead through the next field, staying close to the tree line on your right. NOTE: There may be an electric fence holding sheep on your left so take care with children and dogs.

Stay with this path, with the tree line on your right and the River Arun meandering on your left (at times the river runs far away from your path and at others, it runs immediately alongside). You will come to a stile ahead. Cross this and continue on the narrow path through the strip of woodland. Beyond the trees, the narrow path continues through a section of riverside scrub which is prone to become both overgrown and muddy.

Cross the next stile ahead and you will emerge to the corner of a large field. Turn right to follow the grass track with trees to your right and the field to your left. Continue in the same direction for about 500 metres. Along this stretch, with open fields and rich hedgerows, look out for birds of prey such as buzzards and red kites which are often seen soaring overhead. At the end of the grass track (with a field gate to your right) follow the path as it narrows and swings left to reach a stile. Cross this and follow the path right then left leading you to the site of Lordings Lock.

Lordings Lock to Haybarn Farm
Lordings Lock to Haybarn Farm

Start point: 51.011 lat, -0.4922 long
End point: 51.003 lat, -0.5099 long

With several picnic benches and chairs, this makes the perfect spot to pause for refreshments and to understand the history of this beautiful site. This lock was once part of an important canal trade route, the Wey and Arun Canal. In the 1800s it was possible to travel by boat from The Thames in London to Littlehampton on the south coast. The route was via the rivers Wey and Arun, linked by the 23-mile Wey and Arun Canal. The canal had 26 locks, of which this was one. The unusual waterwheel here was used to lift water from the River Arun into the canal. The wheel is unusual in that one side of the paddles is designed to turn the wheel using the river flow while the other side of the paddles are cupped and used to lift river water into the canal. The wheel could lift more than 8,000 litres of water per hour. By 1871, railway competition was fierce and the canal was abandoned. Since 1970, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust has been restoring many of the locks and bridges, with the intention of one day re-opening the whole canal.

When you have finished at the lock site, continue beyond it and cross a footbridge over the River Arun (with a pretty weir across to your right). Immediately beyond the bridge, fork right and soon this path swings right passing through a kissing gate and continuing along the former left-hand towpath. The path leads you over two further footbridges (part of the same towpath), ignore the kissing gate on the left, and instead continue along the left-hand canal bank to reach the site of Lordings Bridge, a red brick bridge. Turn right to cross over this bridge and then turn left to continue on the right-hand canal bank. Keep your eyes peeled for a wide range of butterflies and dragonflies in the summer months.

Cross an old stile, continue ahead and eventually you will come to a crossroads with an access track. Go straight ahead (via the stile and gate) to continue on the narrow Wey South Path. Beyond the dense undergrowth each side the canal is running to your left and the river is running to your right. This stretch can be particularly muddy at times. Cross the next stile ahead and follow the grass path as it swings left, leaving the river behind and staying with the old canal. As you reach the next gate ahead (with the river and canal close once again), you will see an arched river bridge to your right and a restored canal swing bridge to your left.

For the moment, we are leaving both river and canal behind. Turn left over the canal swing bridge, go through the farm gate and keep ahead to pass through a second farm gate. You will emerge into the farmyard of Haybarn Farm.

Haybarn Farm to Furnace Pond Cottage
Haybarn Farm to Furnace Pond Cottage

Start point: 51.003 lat, -0.5099 long
End point: 50.9939 lat, -0.518 long

Follow the track between the farm barns (right, left and right) to reach a crossroads of track marked with a fingerpost. Go straight ahead on the vehicle track, signed as a public bridleway. Towards the end, the track swings left and, before you reach the wooden gate ahead, turn right onto a side branch. Follow this track which leads you over the ditch of the former canal and then over a concrete bridge across the River Arun.

NOTE: You may come across cattle in one of the next two fields. Beyond the bridge, keep straight ahead on the bridleway grass track which crosses two fields. At the end of the second field, go through the bridle gate and bear right to join the farm track. Follow this track, with the pasture running on your right, all the way out to a junction with Pallingham Lane with the pretty cottage Furnace Pond Cottage ahead.

Furnace Pond Cottage to Pallingham Bridleway
Furnace Pond Cottage to Pallingham Bridleway

Start point: 50.9939 lat, -0.518 long
End point: 50.9881 lat, -0.5382 long

Turn right and then immediately left to continue on the public bridleway. Pass through the gate to enter the long pasture (which may be holding cattle) and walk ahead on the track which leads you through the centre of this. Ignore the footpath branching right, simply continue to the end of the field where a bridle gate leads you into woodland.

Keep ahead on the obvious bridleway (which can be very muddy at times) through the trees. You will emerge out to a T-junction with a quiet road, Horsebridge Hill. Turn left along this, taking care of occasional traffic, and follow it passing Westland Farm and Westland Cottage on your left. The lane now leads you into a beautiful section of woodland. Ignore the first gated track on your left and, 300 metres later (just after the entrance for Round Copse House), turn left onto the stone track signed as a public bridleway for Pallingham Quay Cottage.

Pallingham Bridleway to Pallingham Bridge
Pallingham Bridleway to Pallingham Bridge

Start point: 50.9881 lat, -0.5382 long
End point: 50.9847 lat, -0.5227 long

Follow this beautiful woodland stone track, keeping your ears pricked for the sounds of the vast array of birds that inhabit the woodland. At the first fork, take the branch that swings left to continue its woodland journey. At the next major junction, pass through (or alongside) the gate ahead, crossing an old cattle grid. You will now have a beautiful open crop field beyond the hedge on your left.

Further along the track swings right and, just before you reach the buildings of Pallingham Quay Farm on your right, turn left onto the signed bridleway. The bridleway leads you over an arched brick bridge over one river branch and then over a concrete bridge across a second river branch. Finally, the bridleway takes you over an arched bridge across the old canal, Pallingham Bridge. Although difficult to imagine now, this was once the site of a major quay, Pallingham Quay. The River Arun is a tidal river that, before it became silted up, allowed navigation of large barges this far inland. It is here that the canal terminated and cargo continued its journey by river. There are very few remains of the wharf but the farm used to be an inn which catered for canal traffic.

Pallingham Bridge to Horse Gallops
Pallingham Bridge to Horse Gallops

Start point: 50.9847 lat, -0.5227 long
End point: 50.9709 lat, -0.5187 long

Continue on the bridleway (right, left, right again) to reach a choice of paths (one ahead and one left). Take the path ahead, passing through a metal gateway. Views soon open up across the rolling fields each side. Further along, bear left to merge with a tarmac driveway and follow this as it swings right to reach a T-junction (with the entrance for Sheepwash Farm on your right). Turn left and follow the driveway all the way to the end where it meets the road in Pickhurst.

Turn right along the road, taking care of occasional traffic, passing through the tiny hamlet of Pythingdean and then climbing (ignoring the side road on your left). Just beyond the brow of the hill (and a few metres after Horse Crossing warning signs), you will come to a subtle crossroads with wooden gates each side. Turn left here, through the gate (or over the adjacent stile) to enter the Horse Gallops area. This area is part of Coombelands Equestrian, a cross-country schooling course with more than a hundred fences to cater for all standards. The facilities include show jumping schooling facilities, dressage arenas on grass and these all-weather gallops. NOTE: This area is used for training horses so please follow all local safety advice.

Horse Gallops to End
Horse Gallops to End

Start point: 50.9709 lat, -0.5187 long
End point: 50.9575 lat, -0.5161 long

Turn immediately right to join the vehicle track, staying close to the fence line on your right. Soon, fine views open up ahead with the South Downs ridge in the background and the square church tower in Pulborough at about 11 o’clock. Follow the vehicle lane ahead and, just as a tall hedge begins on your left, glance to your right where you will see the entrance for Coombelands marked with a statue of a jockey. (Who knew jockeys were quite so tiny these days!).

Follow the same vehicle track ahead, with the tall hedge on your left and a fence on your right. At the bottom of the slope, ignore the stile across to your right, instead stay with the track which swings left and continues between two hedgerows. You will pass the end of the sandy horse gallop on your left, then keep directly ahead to join the grass margin (staying fairly close to the tree line on your right). At the end of this grass margin, turn right on the grass track through the trees to reach the corner of a rough meadow. Keep ahead along the left-hand edge of the meadow and you will emerge via a kissing gate to reach the road.

If you are continuing onto Trail Part 24, take the footpath opposite. Otherwise, turn left along the road, taking care of any traffic, and follow it as it swings right and leads you over the railway. Immediately afterwards, turn right onto the tarmac public footpath and this will lead you directly back to Pulborough rail station, marking the end of this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail.

We hope you have enjoyed walking this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. Its creation was possible thanks to the kind donation from Margaret and Michael Gurney on behalf of the Gurney Charitable Trust.

Hospices deliver their services for free but such care is not cheap and they largely depend on funds raised from their local communities. We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation either to your local hospice, wherever that may be, or to the Friends of Sussex Hospices in order to support these invaluable services. Tap the Listen button below (App only) to hear Kathy Gore, Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices, explaining why donations are so important.

Friends of Sussex Hospices, Registered Charity No. 1089306
http://www.friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donations

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2 comments for "Sussex Hospices Trail Part 23: Billingshurst to Pulborough"

Attempted this route in reverse but were diverted a number of times due to floods. Finally made it to the limeburners after 5 hours, will reattempt in the summer.

By renj46 on 04 Feb 2017

Ian Richardson: Billingshurst to Pulborough, Sussex, a lovely day for it! Great walk, we are all shattered, except Digby dog, who wants to go again.

By Facebook on 27 Aug 2016

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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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