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iFootpath Expert: What’s Behind a Banner?

By popular demand, this new series of blog articles 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.  This article explains the banners that appear on some of the iFootpath walks, what they are for and how to use them…

You may have noticed that some of the iFootpath walking guides have banners on them. These appear at the bottom of the webpage and on the Walk Overview page on the App. These relate to walks that have been commissioned from a particular source, like a pub or a tourist group or a charity.

App overview bannersThe banners are not simply added to act as an advert, they are there to give you more information that will be useful for your walk. They will allow you to do anything from booking a pub table to reporting a problem on the footpaths. Let’s look at a few examples…

pub bannerAll our pub (and cafe) walks have a banner. Tap on the banner and this opens a page to tell you some more about the pub. Where possible, we include opening times and whether the pub is dog-friendly. You will also see three handy buttons. Tap ‘Website’ and your phone will open the pub’s website in a web browser. Tap ‘Call’ and your phone will telephone the pub for you, allowing you to check opening or maybe book a table. Tap ‘See on Map’ and you will see the exact position of the pub relative to the walking route (and relative to your current position!), particularly handy for pubs that appear part way round a route.

surrey bannersThe walks commissioned by Surrey County Council and Howardian Hills AONB, all include a banner that takes you directly to the web form where you can report an issue on a public right of way. So, if you come across a broken stile or a collapsed bridge, you can report it directly to the maintenance teams that will be able to take some action.

hospices bannersMany of the banners are there to simply give you some more information (like the example above from the Sussex Hospices Trail). It might be about countryside volunteering opportunities nearby, or background about the trail and project that the walk forms part of, or information about a sculptor who created a sculpture that you will walk past.

So, the message is simple. Please don’t let these banners pass you by. Whenever you see one, click or tap it and see what extra features it opens up to you…

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