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Discover Surrey’s Hidden Gems...Introducing the Explore Surrey Collection

 iFootpath has teamed up with Surrey County Council to bring you the Explore Surrey collection. This collection of 26 digital walking guides takes in the best of Surrey’s glorious countryside. Whether you're an adventurous walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, there's a walk to suit you.



icon Polesden 7565The routes have been hand-picked by Surrey County Council’s countryside team, giving you a true flavour of the diversity, beauty and splendour of the county. You will discover ancient woodlands, chalk downland, meandering rivers, expansive vineyards, sweeping valleys, historic parkland and beautiful villages. There is plenty of historical interest along the way too. From gunpowder mills and semaphore towers, mills and pillboxes to historic churches and majestic stately homes, you may be surprised at how much there is to discover on your doorstep.

Like all iFootpath guides, the walks are richly described with full turn-by-turn directions, a live GPS-based map, photographs and plenty of fascinating notes of interest to enhance your journey. Simply download the iFootpath App to your phone and you’ll have all the information in the palm of your hand. iFootpath truly is the definitive modern walking manual.

icon downside 8221‘We have loved working with Surrey County Council to create this collection of walks. There is something new to discover around every corner of the county; some things we were expecting and some true surprises.  I hope everyone enjoys walking the routes as much as we did,’ explained Claire Sharp, co-founder of iFootpath.

Diane Cooper, Countryside Marketing Officer at Surrey County Council added: ‘This is a first for Surrey's countryside team and really brings our walks into the 21st century.  We're hoping it will offer them to a much wider audience and that walkers will enjoy discovering our hidden gems –we're happy to receive any feedback.’

Experience, escape, explore and exercise. This new collection is all you need to know to get out there and enjoy Surrey's countryside on foot.

See the full Explore Surrey Collection


2 April 2015 

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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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