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If you love following iFootpath walking guides via our dedicated App, have you ever considered writing a walking guide to share? Becoming a Guest Walk Author is easier than it may first sound and it is really rewarding to know you are helping others discover the routes you love. Find out what is involved, tips from our current authors and how you can even earn vouchers for your efforts…
We designed the iFootpath App to make following our walking guides fun, accessible and stress-free. But what you may not have realised, is that the iFootpath App and website are also packed with features to help anyone become a Guest Walk Author by building their own walking guides to share. If you love walking, like taking photographs and are not averse to putting pen to paper, then you are halfway there already.
The data you need to create an iFootpath walking guide falls into three broad categories:
A GPS-based map – this may sound like the hardest part, but in fact the iFootpath App builds this map for you while you are walking, so it couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is choose a handful of landmarks along the way, where you add Waypoints to split the walk into sections.
Photos – using a camera or the camera within your phone, you simply need to take photos of the route all the way round, to illustrate your walking guide
Written descriptions – this is the most time-consuming part, but is relatively simple to achieve. We recommend that you use a voice-recorder (either the function already available on lots of smartphones or a stand-along device) to capture the turn-by-turn directions as you walk the route, then it is just a case of typing these up on a computer once you get back home.
We have lots of Guest Walk Authors that publish walks on iFootpath – all working hard to create an-ever growing collection of walking guides for us all to enjoy. Guest Authors can earn up to £30 of Amazon vouchers for publishing their walking guides on iFootpath, but we know they also feel rewarded in terms of a sense of achievement and comments from walkers. Here’s what some of them have to say…
“I would encourage all users of iFootpath to consider submitting their own walks. I've found it great fun and actually very satisfying to see one's own walk appear on the site and to see the feedback from walkers who've followed the route. Don't be put off by thinking it's very difficult. It's not at all complicated - just a matter of noting down directions as you walk and taking some illustrative photos. There is lots of help on the website about how to edit your uploaded file - and if you have any problems Richard and Claire are always on hand to help and advise. And the more people submitting walks the better iFootpath becomes so we all benefit. So go on - give it a go!”
“I have enjoyed being a guest author and have found it rewarding seeing my efforts in print. It’s great sharing walks with other people and I love to read the comments from people who have also enjoyed the walks. It's quite easy to create your own walks, I personally track with the GPS tracker but also take pen and paper for jotting down points. The camera on my phone is a great tool too as it logs where I have taken photos. On more complex walks I have also used video so I could look back and check a visual reference. Using the web site to create the walks is quit straight forward and makes it easy to set out each section. What I would say to budding authors is go ahead have a go, I did and was surprised how much I enjoyed it.”
“Having used the iFootpath App a few times, I decided to track my own walk and have a go at publishing it. When I got home and logged into my iFootpath account on my iMac, I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to upload photos, comments and submit my walk for moderation. It was also very rewarding to see my walk published for other walkers to enjoy. All in all, it was a fun experience that I will be repeating again in the near future.”
“I’ve been walking the South Downs pretty much as long as I’ve been able to walk. Always looking for new walks I tried a few Apps and eventually tripped over iFootpath. I pretty much immediately realised that I liked the ethos. I think that I did just one walk before being inspired to write up one myself. I found that it added a new interest to doing a walk and found that it forced me to find new walks instead of keep repeating the same familiar ones. I save my planned OS route on my phone to follow and at the same time re-track it with the iFootpath App. I switch on geolocations in my phone photo App (to show where I was when the picture was taken) and take a lot of pictures and videos on my round. So even with my failing memory I can relate to what I have previously walked! I think I’m up to 40 walks so far. Most people have their favourite walks, so why not give it a go, Claire is always up for giving friendly guidance.”
“When I discovered iFootpath and looked at walks around my home town of Scarborough, I knew there were other walks that I do regularly in the area that could be enjoyed by others. So I decided to give publishing a go, and found the experience easy, and enjoyable, once I found my way around the publishing system and the App. Plus you can earn Amazon voucher rewards as an added bonus, so give it a try.”
There are loads of helpful guides on the iFootpath website, that walk you through the whole process of becoming a Guest Walk Author, and we are always on the end of the email to help you out with any queries. So, if you fancy giving it a go, we’d love to have you on board.
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View
Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4.
I love your website
The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired.
This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!