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Claire

UK Heatwave reveals Hidden Landscapes

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With such an unusually long stretch of hot and dry weather across most of the UK during June and July, the ground is drying out to a much greater level than usual. This has its pros and cons plus some surprising effects. Walkers are enjoying mud-free paths, gardeners and farmers are struggling to keep their land watered, whilst historians and archaeologists are getting excited about ghostly shapes appearing in the ground across the country. Discover the hidden historic landscapes that have been revealed by aerial photography during this heatwave…

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Take Your Hiking Habit On Holiday: 4 Top Tips

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As most iFootpath walkers soon find out, walking is addictive. Thankfully it is an addiction that is good for you and also one that doesn’t need to break the bank. There are plenty of places to walk in the UK, but once you have the bug you might also want to try a walking holiday abroad. Help is at hand with these top tips from our friends, Lanzarote experts Optima Villas…

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Twelve of the Best: Walks of Legend and Folklore

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Britain has a rich and colourful past. In a country with a long history of human activity, dramatic and varied landscapes and changeable climate, there is no wonder that this past includes so many fanciful tales of legend and folklore. Discover classic tales of knights, outlaws, dragons, wizards, giants, fairies, the devil and even a monstrous horse with these twelve iFootpath Walking Guides…

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iFootpath Expert: Battery Saving Help

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Battery technology is improving, but we all know that it is easy to be out and about and realise that your phone battery is draining fast...

At first glance, it may seem strange that although battery technology is improving, modern smartphones seem to have less battery life than older mobile phones. We now have to charge them every day whereas, before we all started using Apps, mobile phones were sold on a battery life of a few days or longer.

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Spotlight on…The North Pennines

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The North Pennines is one of England’s most special places – a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. Find out what we love about this area and step into the remote and magical world with these iFootpath walking guides…

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Welcoming our Winged Summer Migrants

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Most of us think of migrant birds as those that visit our shores in the winter months, to avoid harsher winters in their resident countries. In the summer months, when these winter visitors have left for home, we welcome several other species of birds that come to the UK to rear their young. Many of these birds travel from Africa, making this impressive trip to take advantage of our longer summer daylight hours, our abundance of insects in the spring and summer (ideal chick-fodder!) as well as the UK’s fewer predators.  There’s a good chance of coming across some of these summer visitors whilst out on your iFootpath rambles. Here are a few of our favourites to look and listen out for…

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Eight of the Best: Walks in Parklands and Gardens

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Think of a classic British walk and lots of people think of the vast natural landscapes of moorland and hills, typical of many of our National Parks. However variety is the spice of life and we shouldn’t overlook some of the nation’s parklands and gardens that provide an alternative walkers’ paradise. iFootpath has plenty of routes to discover, here are a few of our personal favourites…

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It’s official - Surrey folk love walking!

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We have added another six iFootpath walking guides to the Explore Surrey Collection this year, thanks to our ongoing partnership with Surrey County Council. In this guest blog post, we hear from Diane of Surrey’s Countryside Team about the popularity of these lovely walks…
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iFootpath Expert: Change your Phone's Settings to help with Colour Blindness

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Did you know that you can adjust your iPhone or Android phone to make seeing different colours a little easier if you have a colour vision deficiency? This can be particularly helpful when viewing the GPX track on a walking guide map on the iFootpath App.
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Claire

What is your Local Park worth to you?

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Local parks are many things to many people. They act as safe havens for children to play, open spaces for dogs (and their owners) to socialise, training grounds for would-be athletes, places of escape for office-workers and communal gardens for apartment-dwellers. They also perform a vital role as a network of green spaces and corridors that allow birds, insects and other wildlife to spread and thrive. So how do you put a price on all that? Fields in Trust, a charity that champions and protects our green spaces, has done just that, through a detailed piece of research. The answer is a huge £34 billion and the details behind this are fascinating…

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