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iFootpath Expert: Refresh for Success

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

Whilst public rights of way rarely move (thank goodness!), there are lots of things that change over time along our routes. As part of a general move to make the countryside more accessible, stiles are often replaced with kissing gates once they come to the end of their natural life. Fields can also change use, from arable to pastoral or vice-versa. New areas of woodland are planted and other areas felled. All this can lead to walking guides becoming out of date.

Our helpful community of walkers often get in touch to tell us about such changes, and the beauty of the iFootpath digital walking guides, is that they can be easily edited to keep them up to date. We update our central database and these changes display immediately on our website and on the walks in the App Store.

To be sure you are following the very latest version of the walk, you need to Refresh the walking guide in your App Library before you follow it. Remember, the walks you download from the App Store into your App Library are stored as a local copy on your phone (that’s why you don’t need to worry about phone signal and internet connection when you are ‘out in the sticks’.) If you look at the list of walks in your App Library you will see two buttons alongside each one. The ‘Walk’ button is the one you tap to open and follow the walk. The ‘Refresh’ button is the one that downloads a fresh copy of the walk from our systems to your phone. Before following a walk, it is always worth refreshing it, to ensure you have the latest facts (remember to do this whilst at home and connected to Wifi).
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The other reason this is so important is that there are some events that cause temporary closures of walks. At any time, there are up to 10 of the iFootpath walking guides that are impassable due to temporary footpath closures. This might be a safety issue (where a broken bridge or landslide has made the paths unsafe), a development issue (footpaths can be closed temporarily while construction work is taking place) or even one-off events. Just this week, we have marked a walking guide as impassable due to the woodland being used as a film set for the forthcoming Jurassic World 2. In these cases, we add an ‘IMPORTANT NOTE: This walk is currently impassable…’ to the very beginning of the walk intro.
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We rely on our walking customers to help us to keep everything up to date so please get in touch if you find any new gates or temporary closures. If you can note the details (and maybe even take a photo) then email us or ‘Add a Comment’ to the walk via the App, that would be great.

It is a simple but important thing to do; to have the best chance of a successful walk, tap Refresh before you set out. Remember, Refresh for Success!

iFootpath Expert is a series of blog articles that aims to transform all iFootpath customers into iFootpath Experts; helping you to learn all the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of the iFootpath website and App.  

25 April 2017
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The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall of the walking guide, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies" between any two points. This is based on the GPX file that was created when the author walked the route and rounded to the nearest mile.length

Grade (Boots)

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.

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