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iFootpath Expert: Zoom into iFootpath Walks for a Closer Look


We’ve listed below some ways that you can zoom into the iFootpath website and App so that the directions and maps are easier to read. We hope that these will prove helpful whether you are out walking or checking out the routes in the comfort of your home.

Let’s start with the map on the App

With the GPS powered map, it’s possible to use the standard ‘gestures’ - pinch-in and pinch-out. On the iOS version, you can also use a one finger double tap to zoom in and a two finger double tap to zoom out.

Now let’s zoom into the map on the website

On the website, you can zoom in using the + and – symbols in the bottom right corner. But there is even more. zoom 2.png
You can click:

  • ‘View Larger Map’ to open the map in a new window
  • The Full-Screen symbol in the top right corner of the map so that the map fills the whole screen
  • The ‘yellow man’ and drag the man to one of the streets to enter Google’s Street View.
  • ‘Map’ top left and switch from ‘Satellite’ to ‘Map’ view

And now the walk directions on the App, make the text bigger

Did you know that most smartphones and tablets have a zoom function?

How to zoom the entire screen in iPads and iPhones

 In iOS7 and above devices, you enable zooming this way:



1. Go to Settings
2. Tap General→Accessibility→Zoom
3. Switch Zoom to “On”
4. Now you can turn Zoom on and off by double-tapping the screen with three fingers. This takes a little practice to get used to – don’t forget that it turns it off as well as on.


To pan the screen while Zoom is on, swipe using three fingers or hold your finger on the small bar at the bottom of the zoom window. You can adjust the magnification level, double-tap with three fingers but continue to hold down your fingers after the second tap - drag your fingers up to enlarge things or drag your fingers down to decrease the magnification.

 How to zoom the entire screen on some Android devices

On Android devices, some things like browser pages can be enlarged with a double-tap or a two-finger spread gesture. Most recent devices with Android 4.2 and up also have a general zoom feature. The exact details of accessing it may vary, depending on the device.

Here is one common procedure.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Accessibility→Magnification gestures
  • Turn the switch at the top of the screen to “On”
  • Now you can zoom the entire display by triple-tapping the screen with one finger
  • Another triple-tap will turn zoom off
  • You can pan with two fingers held down
  • You can change the magnification with a two-finger spread or pinch


Wait, here are two more zooming tips…

If you are looking at walks on the iFootpath website on a tablet, try turning the tablet to Landscape, you will find that the walk pages display a little better and you do not need to pan left and right.

Did you know that if you are using a PC or laptop you can zoom in on your browser too? On a Mac just use ‘cmd +’ and ‘cmd –‘ to zoom out. You can also us ‘cmd 0’ to go back to normal view. On a PC use ctrl rather than cmd.

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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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