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New Year, New Look

We just wanted to let everyone know that iFootpath has had a quick makeover to celebrate the dawn of 2016. We hope you like the new look but don’t worry, the new logo and icon have simply been added to the same much-loved website and App. Nothing else has changed.

blue icon round corner 114x114Our previous logo ‘hiking man’ was just something we used, without much thought, when we started iFootpath as a hobby about four years ago. As time has gone on though, we’ve realised that ‘hiking man’ really says all the wrong things about what we stand for. iFootpath is all about making walking fun, accessible and stress-free, both for experienced walkers and those who have never set foot into the countryside. Our customers come from every walk of life from young families to dog walkers and from couples to groups of friends. Our walking guides are not all about ‘peak-bagging’. We have town trails, woodland rambles, canal-side strolls as well as the more traditional coastal, hill, valley and dales routes.

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So it is time for ‘hiking man’ to say goodbye. In his place we’ve introduced a simple signpost forming the F of iFootpath. We like to think of ourselves as your virtual walking guide, a constant signpost to give you the confidence to explore all the UK’s great terrain. And that’s what the new logo represents. This is the symbol to look for when you want to open the App on your phone or if you’re scanning the webpages open in your web browser.

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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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