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iFootpath App User Guide

This user guide will help you get the most from the iFootpath App. 

 

EXPLORE

  • Download iFootpath walking guides (all free) to take with you on your device.
  • Find walks near your current location or search by post code, county, key word, collection or walk type
  • Your walking experience is facilitated and enhanced with photographs, turn by turn instructions, descriptions of the area, historical notes, points of interest and audio snippets
  • Avoid any wrong turns by following your real time progress along the walking route on the live map
  • Works even without mobile signal coverage as walking guides are stored on your device
  • Add your own comments and photos to the walks
  • Tag walks as Completed and Favourite on App and website

CREATE

  • Track your own walking route using your device’s GPS capability and the intuitive iFootpath App tracker
  • See your route drawn live on the map while you are on the move
  • Keep tracking your route while using other apps or device functions
  • Add waypoints to break your walk into sections and help walkers navigate and find key landmarks & points of interest
  • Upload your route to iFootpath.com where you can use the bespoke visual editor to correct any errors, add additional waypoints, reorder waypoints or extend the track to perfect your route
  • Add photos and descriptions on the website and then share with the iFootpath community, family and friends

 

iFootpath Library

The Library is the main App homepage and lists the walks you have downloaded to your device.  It displays basic information about each walk including the name, county, walk length, walk type and grade of difficulty. Before you follow a walk, click the Refresh button to ensure the walk is up to date (we do change the wording of walks over time, based on walker feedback, so it is always best to refresh the walks to ensure you have the very latest version). 

 

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Main Menu

To navigate to different pages within the App, tap the menu button (the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner). This menu page also shows your Login details. Do NOT logout between sessions using the App - only if you want to log in as a different user. Logging out and then back in may result in loosing some App data (like walks downloaded to the Library or Tracked walks).

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iFootpath Store

The Store is accessed via the menu. The page connects to the internet and gives a complete list of the published walks available on iFootpath. The walks are sorted in order of most recently published. You can view the Store as a List (as shown below) or as a Map (showing pins on a map that mark the starting points of all the walks). When viewing the list format, tap the walk title to see more details of the walk, or tap Download to add the walk to your Library (all walks are free of charge). (Once a walk is downloaded, the Download button will be replaced by a Walk button). Once the walk is downloaded all the data (text, photos and map) will be stored locally on your phone so that you can follow the walk without phone signal.

 

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Searching for walks

Tap the Search button in the top right-hand corner of the Store page to open the seach function. This page allows you to search for specific walks within the hundreds available. The top field allows you to enter a post code or town (choose from the drop-down list once you start typing). Tap the location symbol (to the left of the top field) to enter your current location. 

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The second field allows you to search by a Key Word to find walks that have a particular word in the Walk Title or Main Walk Description. (You need to enter a single word with a minimum of four letters). For example you could search for 'Heath' for heathland walks or 'Chase' to find walks within Cannock Chase. 

The bottom three fields are drop down options to limit or refine your search results. You can choose a single County, or a Walk Type (e.g. Coastal or Woodland) or a Walk Collection. The walk collections are groups of walks that we have created for a particular purpose. For example, Sussex Hospices Trail contains all the walks within this long distance path and Explore Surrey contains all the walks created in partnership with Surrey County Council. 

NOTE: For best search results, only complete one of the five search fields at any time. If you complete too many of the fields, you will end up limiting your search and may end up with zero search results. If you get an empty search result, use the Reset button to clear all the search fields and then start again. 

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Following a walk

By tapping Walk (from either the Store or Library) you will open the walk overview page.

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At the bottom of this page you will see a number of buttons that allow you to interact with this walk. You can give the walk a star rating (based on how much you enjoyed it) or leave a comment. We love to hear your comments about the walks (both how much your enjoyed your outing and also anything in the walk description that needs updating - we rely on your feedback to help us keep the walking guides up to date so don't be shy!).

Tap Gallery to see the photos that other walkers have added to the guide, or to add your own photos. Tap Remove Walk to remove the walk from your Library. (NOTE: Remember when walks are in your Library the data is stored locally on your phone - so if your phone memory is full, you can Remove the Library walks you are not using and then download them from the Store again when you want to). The bottons here also allow you to mark the walk as a Favourite or Completed walk (see details further below).

To follow the walk simply tap the ‘Walk’ button in the top right of the overview screen. This will display the first page of the directions (Getting there - which gives you details of how to find the start point of the walk). Scroll through the directions pages by swiping the screen to the left. Each page gives a photo and turn-by-turn directions relating to one section of the walk.

 

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Tap the image of a 'Unfolding Map' in the top right-hand corner of any of the section pages to access a live map showing the walk route. This can be scrolled and zoomed using standard gestures. (Note: a handful of the oldest walks on iFootpath - in Derbyshire and Sussex - have static illustrations showing the walking routes rather than the live map). Your current location will be marked with a blue dot on the map. The walking route is marked as a red line with ‘Go’ marking the start of the walk and the numbered waypoints marking the end of each section and the start of the next.

 

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As you walk you will be able to check that you are going the right way by checking that the blue dot (your current location) is following the red line on the map correctly. This should help to prevent any wrong turns.

Favourites and Completed 

There are more than 800 walking guides on iFootpath. To make it easier for you to keep track of the routes you love and the routes you have already walked, you can use the Favourites (the walks you love) and Completed (the walks you have walked) functions. 

In the Library, open the Walk Overview page and scroll to the bottom of the page. Choose 'Add to Favourites' to choose the walk as a favourite and/or 'Mark Completed' to choose the walk as one that you have walked. The button will be highlighted and the wording will change to 'Favourite' and/or 'Completed'. 

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Within the Store, you can easily see the completed and favourite walks marked with a key. Completed walks have a green tick (rather than a grey tick) and Favourite walks have a blue heart (rather than a grey heart). This is shown for the Ramsbury walk below...

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You can view all your Completed walks as a list and all your Favourite walks as a list by choosing the My Favourties page or the My Completed Walks page from the App main menu. 

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Tracking a new walk 

To track a route of your own, choose 'Start Tracking' from the main menu. A live map of your current location will open up showing your current location as a blue dot.

 Before doing anything else, just wait 20 seconds to allow the Tracker to properly calibrate your current location. You can zoom in using standard pinch gestures to show the map at the appropriate scale.

 To start tracking your route, tap the ‘Start’ button at the bottom of the screen. A ‘Go’ marker will appear at your current location and ‘tracking’ will appear in red at the top of the map screen. Start walking and a red line will be drawn on the map to show the route you have taken.

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The tracking will continue when the device screen times out (in fact this will help to conserve battery life) so simply slip your device into a bag or pocket as you continue to walk.

 At the start/end of each section you will need to add a waypoint. Open up your device and stand still for a few seconds to allow the Tracker to catch up to your exact position. Tap the ‘+ Waypoint’ button in the top right of the screen. A text box will appear asking you to name the waypoint. Wait until the cursor is flashing and then enter the name of the waypoint. This should be a name that relates to the relevant landmark (e.g. reservoir, stile, viewpoint, A30, woodland edge...). The numbered marker will appear on your route. Don’t worry if you change your mind about where the sections should start/finish later on, or if you miss any waypoints while walking. Waypoints can be added, deleted, moved, renamed or renumbered in the iFootpath GPX Editor later.

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If you stop for a break on your walk, tap the Pause button to stop tracking, and then tap the Continue button to start the tracking again as you continue walking.

When you are at the end of your walk and ready to save the file, tap the Finish button. (Don’t worry about adding a waypoint at the end – the Tracker will automatically add the final waypoint called ‘End’ for you as part of the saving process). A text box will appear and ask for a name for your walk. Wait until the cursor is flashing (this may take a few seconds while the walk is saving) and then enter the name for your walk – this can be changed later on the web site. Tap OK. A message will appear confirming that the draft walk has been added to your drafts folder.

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You can use the ‘Scrap’ button to abort and scrap the walk if you wish at any time. This will delete the walk without saving. 

If your device runs out of battery or crashes for any other reason, an Auto-save function will save the walk up to the point where the device crashed. You can access this file through the My Tracked Routes in the menu. 

 

Hints and tips when using the iFootpath App Tracker

1) Before trying to track a full walk, consider using the Tracker around your local neighbourhood to get a feel for it ready for when you begin tracking in earnest. Test all the buttons so you know how each function works.

2) Once you open the Tracker, it is best to stand still for 20 seconds to allow the Tracker to accurately calibrate your position. 

3) Remember that your device is accurately tracking your GPS position at all times. Try not to wave the phone around too much if you are also using the device to take photos or voice recordings to support the walk. We find it easiest to carry the device in a bag or pocket to keep a steady trace (but don't bury it too deep in a bag or clothing or your signal will be affected!). If you seem to be having problems with the Tracker accurately following your position, try turning your device off and on again (but obviously not in the middle of a walk you are tracking).

4) Continued running of GPS in the background will dramatically reduce the battery life of your device – although the effect will vary depending on your device model, other functions running and signal strength. There are a number of things you can do to help with this problem. Ensure you have a fully charged device before you begin your walk. Once you are happy that the Tracker is working properly, only reopen the device when you need to (e.g. to add a waypoint). If you are going to track a walk for more than 2-3hours consider investing in an additional battery pack (either a solar charger or a pack that uses rechargeable batteries). Of course we hope that as time goes on the battery life of devices will continue to improve and this will become a problem of the past.

 

My Tracked Routes

Choose My Tracked Routes button from the menu to access a list of the routes (along with their length in miles) that you have created using the Tracker. Tap the right arrow at the side (NOT the walk name) alongside each track for a choice to either view it on the map or upload it to the iFootpath website.

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To upload a Tracked Route to the iFootpath website, tap Upload. (NOTE: This will only work if you have a 3G or 4G or Wifi connection). The track will upload and then a text box will appear to confirm the upload was successful.

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The uploaded route will appear in the ‘My GPX Files’ folder on iFootpath.com, where it can be edited and then converted to a draft walk. The draft route will remain in the Tracker Drafts folder on the App until it is manually deleted. We recommend that you retain each draft route on the App until you are happy that you have edited the uploaded version successfully on the web site. To delete a Tracked Route from your phone, tap on the edit button (top right) and then select the route(s) you wish to delete.

 

 

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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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Pdf file for walk

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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