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iFootpath and DogWalksYorkshire Become One

iFootpath is pleased to announce that it is now the proud owner of another excellent walking website, DogWalksYorkshire. As current iFootpath customers know, our mission in life is to make walking accessible, fun and stress-free for seasoned walkers and newcomers alike. When we first came across the DogWalksYorkshire website we were pleased to find like-minded folk with a similar ethos, albeit specifically aimed at dog walkers in Yorkshire. When we learned that the current DogWalksYorkshire team were looking to pass on the baton to someone that could take their website forward, we were pleased to step up and offer to do just that.




ifootpath logo get blue greenDogWalksYorkshire currently hosts around 40 printable walking guides, with turn-by-turn directions and photographs, offering suggestions for great adventures for walkers and their four-legged friends. Previously championed by Corina and Izzy the Norfolk Terrier, the website has been lovingly populated with excellent guides that customers have come to love. The iFootpath team – Claire, Richard and Bobbie the Standard Poodle – are thrilled to take on the baton and we are relishing the prospect of continuing to grow and improve the guides on offer.

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We will continue to manage and promote both websites, iFootpath and DogWalksYorkshire, in parallel. Over the coming months all the DogWalksYorkshire walking routes will also be made available via the iFootpath App giving customers the added benefit of following the walking guides on their phones, including a live GPS-based map that shows your progress as you walk. As we continue to grow the iFootpath nationwide walking library (750 walking guides and counting), we will also add the relevant walks to DogWalksYorkshire meaning both websites will continue to flourish. We would like to welcome all the customers of DogWalksYorkshire to the iFootpath family - it is great to have you join us on the iFootpath adventure. 


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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.

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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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