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iFootpath Expert: Tag your Favourite and Completed Walks

The iFootpath collection of digital walking guides is constantly growing. With more than a thousand guides, we know lots of our customers have followed many of our walks, mounting to the handful, tens or even hundreds. People often have a wishlist of walks they want to try for the first time or a list of trusted walks they want to repeat and share with friends. So how can you keep a record of which walks you have already completed and which walks you love? Help is at hand with the ‘My Completed Walks’ and ‘My Favourite Walks’ feature on the iFootpath App and website.

To follow an iFootpath walk using the App, you download each walk from the universal ‘Store’ into your own personal ‘Library’. The walks in your Library are a local copy of the walking guide, stored on your own device to ensure that you don’t need an internet connection or phone signal when you are out walking in the wilds. Of course, all the photos, text and mapping contained within each guide do take up a bit of storage space, so keeping the guides permanently in your Library will eventually begin to fill up your phone’s memory. The Library on your phone is only a local memory feature, so should your phone have a software glitch, there is no central record of which walks you have stored in your Library and these can be lost. You may also want to find the walk on more than one device, for example searching for walks on a tablet and then downloading the walk onto a phone.

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Help is at hand. Instead of only using the Library to store the walks you have completed, love or intend to walk, we suggest you tag them as Favourite Walks or Completed Walks. Go to the walk overview page within the App, scroll to the bottom of this page and you will see a number of buttons waiting to be tapped. Tap ‘Mark Completed’ and/or ‘Add to Favourites’ to add these walks to your own personal lists. If you want to change your mind, just tap the same button again (now brightly coloured and called ‘Favourite’ or ‘Completed’) to remove this tag.

These tags will be added into your personal account against your unique username, held centrally within our server systems, meaning you can view the list of your favourite and completed walks on both the App and the website. Simply use the main menu on the App to access your two lists – ‘My Favourites’ and ‘My Completed Walks’. They are also highlighted within your Library by the coloured heart (for favourite walks) and the coloured tick (for completed walks).

This is also a handy tool for finding walks on the website that you might want to follow later via the App. We know that many people prefer to browse the many walking guides on the iFootpath website (where you might be using a larger screen and there are extra filters and search options). If you are logged in to the website, you can mark the walk as a ‘favourite’ by clicking the ‘heart’ icon and ‘completed’ by clicking the 'tick' icon. The tagged walks will then appear on your App and website under ‘My Favourites’ and/or ‘My Completed Walks’ ready for you to download into your Library from where you can follow them. 

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If you visit My Completed Walks on the website you will also be able to see the total length of your tagged completed walks. 


Now the only difficulty is deciding on your favourites…choices, choices…

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Length

The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. 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 that require scrambling with your hands. 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.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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