For full access to iFootpath, to join the walking community, rate the walks, print, leave comments, mark walks as Favourite & Completed (mirror in the App), and much more please register and login. It's free (no subscription, no charge to view or download a walking guide or GPS route) and only takes a moment or two. Already registered? Login here.

iFootpath

Claire

Dolphins living year-round off English Coast

bottlenose-dolphin

The first resident pod of bottle-nosed dolphins has been confirmed to be living off the south-west coast of England. This pod adds to the UK’s other existing dolphin populations, in Cardigan, Wales and Moray Firth, Scotland. Dolphins are one of the most popular marine mammals, a favourite of adults and children alike, and scientists and local people are hoping to work together to ensure these resident populations continue to thrive…

Continue reading
252 Hits
Claire

The World’s Most Beautiful Countries on Your Doorstep

scottish-loch
It is all too easy to spend excessive time dreaming about far-flung holiday destinations which might be out of reach in terms of time and money. There’s no doubt that there are plenty of tempting and exotic places to have on our travel wish lists, but don’t let that stop you appreciating what there is closer to home. A survey of Rough Guides readers has revealed the Top 20 most beautiful countries in the world, and you might be surprised by the results…
Continue reading
1405 Hits
Claire

How Dogs Protect Our Hearts

sunset-woman-dog-walking-outline
Regular followers of the iFootpath blog, will know that I am often singing the praises of our canine pals. Who can blame me? Dogs are wonderful walking companions and you don’t have to look far to find scientific studies that show the many health benefits of dog ownership. The latest paper comes from Sweden, revealing how dog owners have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease…
Continue reading
818 Hits
Richard

5 Recommendations for Taking Your DSLR Camera for a Walk

Richard and Bobbie walking with a DSLR Camera
 

I like to take a camera with me when I walk. Sometimes it’s a comfort blanket in case I come across something that I just must capture and share. At other times, I need a camera to take pictures for a new iFootpath walk or perhaps to gather some more snaps to add to an iFootpath walk Gallery.

Continue reading
1227 Hits
0 Comment
Claire

The Science of Walking on Autopilot

autopilot

One of the joys of iFootpath is having access to more than a thousand UK walking routes, meaning there is always somewhere new to discover. Many of us also have our tried and tested favourite routes and, if you are like me, you may have four or five local dog-walking routes that you have walked hundreds of times. If so, have you noticed that sometimes you walk these routes whilst barely noticing your surroundings? It’s a bit like travelling to work, when some days you are not sure you can remember all the details of the commute. This always left me a little worried and wondering if a such a lapse of concentration might be unsafe. Well researchers at Cambridge University have put my mind at rest, with research showing that autopilot mode is a very normal part of our brain’s activity…

Continue reading
749 Hits
Claire

The Decline of Flying Insects

bee-on-flower
It is very easy to take the natural environment we enjoy on our country walks for granted, but scientists are continuing to report a worrying trend. Flying insects, including pollinators like bees and butterflies, continue to decline in numbers, despite schemes across Europe to support them. Perhaps we all need to do our bit in supporting these winged-workers to ensure the sustainability of our green surroundings…
Continue reading
1044 Hits
Claire

Favourite Autumn Facts

autumnleafsquare
It’s that time of year when wonderful open fires, hot chocolate and boots replace the less attractive sunburn, insect repellent and sandals. There’s nothing better that a bracing autumn walk followed by getting cozy in a pub or at home. The Danes hold the wonderful feeling of coziness in such high esteem that they have their own word for it. Hygge can mean hot chocolate by the fire while it’s snowing outside, but it also implies camaraderie and intimacy: it’s a social coziness, a coming together with people we love, against the encroaching cold. While you choose your iFootpath walking routes and snuggle by the fire, here are some of my other favourite autumnal facts to keep you entertained…
Continue reading
Tags:
1040 Hits
Claire

Spreading the Walking Word for a Healthy Nation

brisk-walking-image
Two national news stories have caught my eye in the last few weeks, entirely different topics but both linked to the sad rise of inactivity that seems to be gripping the nation. The health impact of inactivity can lead to suffering in humans and canines alike, so maybe we should be trying to pair up buddies that might be able to help each other…
Continue reading
Tags:
1354 Hits
0 Comment
Claire

When is a Grass Snake not a Grass Snake?

barred-grass-snake-no-caption
Ask any walker that knows their snakes and they will tell you that there are three species of snake native to the UK; adder, smooth snake and grass snake. Well, the latest findings from scientists change that fact, because it seems not all grass snakes are the same species…
Continue reading
1407 Hits
Claire

Learn to be BRILLIANT through Nature Bathing

tree-hugging-square-aug-17
There’s a new Japanese export that’s worth taking notice of. It’s not the latest gadget or food craze, in fact it is the perfect antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Find out about Forest Bathing, its far-reaching benefits and how to create your own experience of Nature Bathing via an iFootpath walk…
Continue reading
1737 Hits

What our customers say

We've an App too

Did you know that we have an iFootopath App? - includes all walks with directions and a live map...

No need to print and no more wrong turns....

Get the iFootpath App

appstore  en badge web generic

Click top right X to close.

Do you want to download the GPX/GPS for this Walk?

Did you know that we have an iFootopath App? - includes all walks with directions and a live map powered by the GPX file? - Find out more...

We have an FAQ for GPX files, how to download them and how to translate them for use on a Garmin etc - Click here for help 

Know what you are doing? - then just dismiss this notice and click the GPX icon again.

Get the iFootpath App

appstore  en badge web generic

Click top right X to close.

Length

The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall of the walking guide, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies" between any two points. This is based on the GPX file that was created when the author walked the route and rounded to the nearest mile.length

Grade (Boots)

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.

Click top right X to close.