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Trail Part 15: In Memory of Michael Laurence Whitehead by Felicity Whitehead

Part 15 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Felicity Whitehead in memory of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Laurence Whitehead. 

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Trail Part 7: In Memory of Richard Salter by Jan Salter

Part 7 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Jan Salter in memory of Richard Salter. Richard was cared for by both St Peter and St James Hospice and St Catherine’s Hospice. 

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Trail Part 26: Sponsored by Michael and Maureen Chowen

Part 26 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Michael and Maureen Chowen. Michael is a Patron of Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.  

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Trail Part 24: Sponsored by Lord and Lady Fellowes

Part 24 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Lord and Lady Fellowes.  

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Trail Part 23: Sponsored by the Gurney Charitable Trust

Part 23 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Margaret and Michael Gurney on behalf of the Gurney Charitable Trust. The trust was created in 1990 and provides public benefit by making donations to charitable institutions or charitable organisations selected by the Trustees mainly in Sussex, Buckinghamshire and the northern area of the Lake District.

Find out more at www.gurneycharitabletrust.org 

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Trail Part 22: Sponsored by Mecmesin Ltd

Part 22 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Carolyn Oakley on behalf of Mecmesin Ltd, a Sussex-based manufacturer. Founded by Jim Oakley, an accomplished design engineer, in 1977, Mecmesin remains a privately owned company, based in Slinfold, West Sussex.

Find out more at www.mecmesin.com 

 

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Trail Part 21: Sponsored by Tim and Helen Wonnacott

Part 21 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Tim and Helen Wonnacott. Tim is a Patron of Friends of Sussex Hospices who believes that the many public footpaths in Sussex are one of the great joys of living in this county. 

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Trail Part 20: Sponsored by Michael and Alison Brown

Part 20 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Michael and Alison Brown and dedicated to The Campaign to Protect Rural England in Sussex.

For 90 years The Campaign to Protect Rural England has championed the cause of the countryside, our magnificent landscapes and rural communities - the only nationally and locally based charity to do so. CPRE in Sussex was a core advocate for the establishment of the South Downs National Park, and fights daily to ensure that new development of all kinds avoids inappropriate, sensitive, locations.  We encourage everyone's discovery and enjoyment of Sussex's unique, beautiful and health-enhancing environment. So get your boots on, revive your spirits and treasure your walk along the Sussex Hospices Trail.

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Trail Part 19: Sponsored by David and Peta Crowther

Part 19 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by David and Peta Crowther who know this area well. They applaud the innovative project to create the Sussex Hospices Trail and wish it great success. 

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Trail Part 17: Sponsored by Buxted Construction

Part 17 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Judith and Bob Ruthven on behalf of Buxted Construction.

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Trail Part 16: In memory of Margie Childs by Janie Childs

Part 16 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Janie Childs in memory of her mother, Margie Childs. Janie is delighted to support Friends of Sussex Hospices by sponsoring this part of the trail which passes near to her home in Newick. 

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Trail Part 13: Sponsored by Pashley Manor Gardens

Trail Part 13: Sponsored by Pashley Manor Gardens

Part 13 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Pashley Manor Gardens.

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Trail Part 25: Dedicated to all the Sussex Hospices by Chris and Karen Thorne

Trail Part 25: Dedicated to all the Sussex Hospices by Chris and Karen Thorne

Part 25 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Chris and Karen Thorne.

We would like to dedicate this walk to all the Sussex Hospices, whose staff do such incredible work in often challenging circumstances, but a special mention to St. Wilfred’s where Chris’ Mum, Reynie Thorne, spent her final days in 2010. She was looked after with such amazing care and compassion. Keep up your wonderful work and we hope everyone enjoys the walk!

Chris & Karen Thorne
August 2016

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Trail Part 14: Sponsored by Harriet and John Phipson

Part 14 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Harriet and John Phipson. Harriet and John love the idea of the Sussex Hospices Trail and are sponsoring this section as it is nearest to their home.

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Trail Part 10: In Memory of David Carter by Sean Carter

Trail Part 10: In Memory of David Carter by Sean Carter

Part 10 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Sean Carter in loving memory of David Carter who always enjoyed walking and never minded getting a bit lost. David received amazing care and treatment at both Hastings Conquest Hospital and later at St. Michaels Hospice during his fight against leukeamia. Living life to the full, his joy, smile and warmth will never be forgotten.

August 2016

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Trail Part 6: In Memory of Martin Smith and Rebecca Cook by Juliet Smith

Part 6 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Juliet Smith in memory of her husband, Martin Smith (1938-2016) and her stepdaughter, Rebecca Cook (1966-2011).

Martin could not have been a more devoted father to Rebecca, the middle of three daughters: their relationship was extremely close.

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Trail Part 18: In Appreciation of the Excellent Work Done by St Peter and St James Hospice

Trail Part 18: In Appreciation of the Excellent Work Done by St Peter and St James Hospice

Part 18 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been sponsored by Mr Hugh Thwaites in appreciation of the excellent work done by St Peter and St James Hospice.

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Trail Part 12: Dedicated to Fore Wood Nature Reserve by Robert Batcheller

Trail Part 12: Dedicated to Fore Wood Nature Reserve by Robert Batcheller

Part 12 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been sponsored by Robert Batcheller. It is dedicated to the beautiful countryside near Battle where Robert is so lucky to live and work and, in particular, the RSPB Nature Reserve at Fore Wood.

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June 2016

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Trail Part 9: In Memory of Christopher Gore by Jack and Kathy Gore

Trail Part 9: In Memory of Christopher Gore by Jack and Kathy Gore

Part 9 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Jack and Kathy Gore in memory of Christopher Gore. Christopher received caring support from St Wilfrid's Hospice and Eastbourne District General Hospital. He would have especially loved this walk because of its connection with sailing and the sea.

June 2016

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Trail Part 8: In Memory of Tim Swayne from Jeanette Swayne

Trail Part 8: In Memory of Tim Swayne from Jeanette Swayne

Part 8 of the Sussex Hospices Trail has been kindly sponsored by Jeanette Swayne in memory of her husband, Tim Swayne.

This walk is dedicated to the memory of my husband, Tim Swayne.  We so enjoyed walking and enjoying the flora and fauna of this beautiful area together.

Jeanette Swayne

June 2016

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Introduction to iFootpath

iFootpath provides a mechanism to capture and share details of walks, but it is worth explaining the essential structure of a walk as they are stored in the iFootpath database. The basic concept is that a walk consists of any number of sections that are joined end to end. For each section we might want to describe views or other points of interest about that part of the walk.

The database that underpins iFootpath provides the mechanisms to store the structure and details of each walk, descriptions, photographs and mapping data for the overall walk and each section of it. It is not mandatory to enter information into every single field in the forms we provide, although some basic details are essential to ensure the walk database stays manageable and searcheable.

Each walk entered can be shared with all other iFootpath users, but before a walk (and its sections) are shared there are three stages it must go through. The first stage is as a "Draft". When a walk is in draft it is only visible and editable by you, the author of that walk. Whilst it is in draft form you can add sections, photographs, further description and refine it as you see fit. You can do as little or as much as you like. However, it is worth remembering that if someone (you) wants to print it off and take it as a walking guide, then it is worth taking the time to detail each section reasonably concisely. Long descriptions are generally distracting when walking and a short, concise version is usually much easier to use.

When you are happy with the walk description and its sections you can set the status to "Ready". This does not yet make it visible to everyone. It does, however, lock the editing (although you can change it back to draft and continue editing) and alerts the systems administrators that it requires reviewing prior to being "Published". When set to "Ready" the walk will be reviewed to check it contains the basic data needed and to ensure the content is clean. We do not allow content to include obscenities, swearing or other offensive language or pictures. This review does not check the walk for accuracy; whilst we would love to test each and every walk through walking we simply do not have the time. If we do find something wrong with the walk we will contact you and ask that it is fixed prior to marking it as "Published".

Once the walk is published it is now visible to any user of iFootpath and is therefore in the public domain given that anyone can register and access iFootpath. You are therefore responsible that any photographs used in your walk description are not infringing copyright. See our terms and conditions for further information on what we do and do not allow.

Published walks are available to all users of iFootpath and are listed in the walk browser to read or print and will be listed in the iPhone/iPod Touch application for download.

Walks in iFootpath

A walk in iFootpath is an introduction to the overall walk, identification of where it is and starts, some overview notes and general commentary.

Title (required)

A walk title should provide a brief indication of where or what the walk is. Walk titles do not have to be unique.

Description (required)

This provides a text area where you can describe the walk. Explain what you love about the walk, what makes it different and what people will see. In addition try to answer all the questions you might ask before going on a route. What sort of paths does the walk use? Any steep accents/descents? Are there any stiles? Are people likely to come across horse/cows/sheep?

County (required)

The county in which the walk starts is essential to help finding the walk in the database. Some walks may straddle more than one county - we suggest you select the county in which the walk starts or is mostly within.

Area (optional)

This field can be used, if you wish, to further identify where the walk is. This is particularly useful for large counties.

Walk Type (required)

To help quickly finding the right type of walk this provides a basic walk classification or type. Some walks may span two of these types - please use the type that fits the majority of the walk.

Length (required)

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall distance walked, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies". iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the GPX file that has been uploaded.

Grade (required)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. 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.

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.

Map Ref / Start Point (optional)

The walk start point is an Ordnance Survey map reference to pinpoint the start point of the walk. This should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Map Link (optional)

This optional field allows you to include a link to a web page containing a map showing the walk start. This is not the place to include any other links and the system will reject links to anything but Streetmap or Google Maps.

Start Point Co-ordinates (optional)

This pair of fields allows you to enter the longitude and latitude for the start point. iFootpath automatically completes this field based on the uploaded GPX file.

Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

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Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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