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Visiting Nottingham? Get off the bus and take a walk!

Nottingham City Transport is telling its passengers to 'get off the bus and take a walk.' A slightly unusual message for the city's principal bus company and the UK's 2014 Bus Operator of the Year you might think? But a message that has the best intentions at heart for its thousands of loyal customers.Aimed at inspiring local people to get out and enjoy Nottingham’s fantastic countryside and the city’s hidden gems, NCT  has partnered with the popular website and app – iFootpath – which creates and publishes walking guides for everyone to enjoy – whether a casual rambler, dog walker or a more serious regular hiker.  Together, they’ve created six walking guides specifically designed to work around the NCT network.

We’ve always known that there are some fantastic walks on our network, and now iFootpath has given us the opportunity to highlight some of the best ones to our passengers,” says NCT Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith. “Each walk starts and ends at bus stops on our more frequent services, and the guides written by iFootpath give directions, photographs and advice to follow on the way.”

The co-founder of iFootpath, Richard Jemmett, explains more about this 21st Century way of enjoying our city and countryside.

iFootpath brings together the best of bo

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th worlds – old and new. We have carried forward the most popular features of traditional printed walking guides - beautiful photographs, rich descriptive text, and we’ve added all the benefits of new technology. With our app, the GPS data plotted on live maps means you can follow your own progress as you are walking the

route and it helps to prevent any wrong turns. It also makes it easy to track and upload routes of your own.”

You can browse the Nottingham City Transport Collection at:

Richard Jemmett continues, “All of these trails are hugely enjoyable! The start and end points for Wollaton Park are in different places, for example, so it gives you a chance to explore fully without having to traipse back to the car park! Travelling to each walk by bus is an exciting way to begin the adventure, and a relaxing way for tired legs to journey home.”

With NCT Grouprider tickets enabling up to two adults and three children to travel from only £4.50 at weekends and during school holidays, these exciting new trails are set to become hugely popular with families over the summer.

7 August 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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