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iFootpath recommended by Saturday Telegraph

Walking has been featuring in lots of media lately. Whether it’s TV, magazines or newspapers, the benefits and joys of walking are being celebrated at every turn. And with all that coverage came a lovely surprise at the weekend, when iFootpath featured in the Saturday Telegraph’s Five of the Best Walking Apps…

On Saturday 14 January 2017, The Telegraph Saturday Supplement began with a double page spread all about walking. The article explains, ‘Walking could do more for your fitness levels than any other form of exercise. From Urban to Mindful, Rural to Commuter, we’ll show you how it’s done.’ The Telegraph reporter, Boudicca Fox-Leonard, goes on to explore the whole world of walking. There are interesting facts – did you know, for instance, that a recent study from the University of Cambridge found that a brisk 20-minute daily walk reduces an individual’s risk of early death by 25 per cent – plus personal stories, recommendations for gear and expert advice on walking techniques.

At the centre of the article are The Telegraph’s recommendations for Five of the Best Walking Apps. We’re thrilled that iFootpath is featured as one of these five, sitting happily alongside Walkmeter (a pedometer), Peak Scanner (a peak identifier), Hill Lists (for ticking off the hills you have climbed) and iBird (to help identify the birds you see and hear on your travels). We are very happy to be in such good company!

Saturday Telegraph Spread

18 January 2017

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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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