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iFootpath features in Canal Boat Magazine

We’re delighted that Canal Boat Magazine has chosen to feature iFootpath as its App of the Month for March 2015.

The magazine champions waterways and boating and helps people with recommendations for all aspects of boating life, from news about the waterway network, events and history, to practical advice and tips about boat maintenance and helpful tools and equipment.

canalboatcover 2Canal Boat Magazine says, ‘So you’ve moored up somewhere new and fancy a walk, but don’t want to miss the best bits – or get lost. Well, the iFootpath app aims to inspire people to enjoy beautiful walks, from town trails to river or canalside strolls. So if you’re on the Staffs and Worcs you could go for an amble along the canal and around Teddesley Park. Or take a trek around Mountsorrel from the River Soar. Available for both iPhone and Android, it also shows your progress around the walk.’

Canal towpaths provide walking routes that are easily accessible while revealing compelling stories about the industry that once relied heavily on the UK’s remarkable waterway network. iFootpath’s library includes more than 65 circular and linear walks that take in stretches of canal and waterways across the country. There are chances to explore and learn more about a whole range of waterways including the Grand Union Canal, the Kennet and Avon Canal, the Staffs and Worcs Canal, the Shropshire Union Canal, the Grantham Canal as well as the Birmingham Canal Network and the Norfolk Broads.

Our thanks to Canal Boat Magazine for the recommendation, we’re pleased that you like what we’re doing.

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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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