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iFootpath Expert: To Print or Not to Print

iFootpath digital walking guides are all designed to be followed using our dedicated App, but there are several reasons that you might also want to print the guides. In this latest instalment of the iFootpath Expert blog we explain the reasons that the App should always be your first choice, as well as the options for printing the guides…


We created iFootpath to harness the many advantages of digital walking guides. Unlike printed (or printable) guides found elsewhere on the web, iFootpath guides give you a live GPS map, weather forecasts, unabbreviated descriptions, plenty of photos, live links to other resources, audio snippets and comments from other walkers. They are easy to keep up-to-date as they are not constrained to fit into a marketing leaflet. By using the App, you can access all the walks anytime, any-place (as long as you have WiFi or 3/4G). Downloading your chosen walk on to your phone takes seconds, meaning you are ready to walk in no time. There is no need to plan ahead, ordering leaflets and books online, no need to own a printer and no need to spend time and money printing guides from the web. 

iFootpath walks are all designed to be followed using the iFootpath App where the GPS map will prevent any wrong turns. The written descriptions and photos are there to help navigation, but if anything has changed over time, it is the GPS map that will be the best way of staying on track. We don’t recommend following our guides without using the App, unless you take your own Ordnance Survey map with you. 

Having a printed copy of the guide is a handy backup to carry with you, just in case anything happens to your phone (like the battery dies or it gets dropped). It gives you the peace of mind that you have belt and braces; two versions of the guide allowing you to be more confident in exploring new places. 

All the iFootpath walking guides can be printed, but you may notice that some of the guides have a specific printable PDF leaflet. These PDF leaflets are time-consuming (and expensive) to create and maintain, so we can’t produce them for all the guides. We create them only for those walks where a client that has sponsored the walk (like a pub, landowner or local authority) and has covered some of these costs. PDF link image

If a walking guide has the PDF symbol within the header, there is a printable PDF leaflet for you to print and carry as a backup to the App. These leaflets also have a schematic version of the map, to give a rough outline of the route (although this should not be used as your only navigational aid, please use it alongside the App or an Ordnance Survey map). Simply click on the PDF symbol and the leaflet will download ready to be printed. 

For walks without this PDF symbol, it is still easy to print the guide. Log into the website and then navigate to your chosen walking guide. You will now see a ‘green printer icon’ – just click and a new screen will open. After a few seconds, a ‘printer friendly’ version of the walking guide will be produced. 

Printer icon for iFootpath walk pages

You will notice that it does not include the map. To print the map, just scroll down the walk page on the website and click on ‘View Larger Map’ and then click the ‘blue printer icon’. We would advise that you do not use this printed map as your sole map for navigation and it’s always best to use the iFootpath live GPS powered map (iFootpath Expert: The Joy of GPS) and/or an Ordnance Survey Map.

 Printer icon  - for map printing

If you want to buy a map for the area you can click on the ‘Get a Map for this Walk', icon near the bottom of each walk page.

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