We Walked the Wight!
Well done Aaron, Emma and Joe from our Isle of Wight venue, East Dene, who put on their walking boots and completed the full 26 Miler, in aid of Mountbatten Hospice.
And what an incredible Walk the Wight this year! Stepping out and supporting Mountbatten, Blessed with perfect weather, they saw nothing but sunshine and smiles the whole day.
Inspired to get your Boots on? Planning your own walking route can be a rewarding experience, helping you discover new places or set yourself new challenges. Here’s how to get started.
1. Pick your map
The best maps for planning walking routes in Britain’s countryside are the OS Explorer 1:25 000 scale maps, as these show the most detail. If you’re walking on a National Trail or another larger trail, you can also use the 1:50 000 scale OS Landranger maps.
2. Where to start from
You probably already have a start point in mind. Choosing an area with more footpaths will generally allow you to plan a circular route, which can be more interesting than a straight out and back. Aaron, Emma or Joe walked at an average walking speed of around 5km per hour (3mph in old money). This assumes steady, level ground with maintained paths and does not allow for steep hills, stiles, scrambles, streams or any of the other things you might come across on your route that may delay you, like livestock.
3. Plan your route
It is always exciting to spread out a map on a table and pour over the detail of your proposed route (maybe that’s just us!). The simplest routes follow waymarked paths, such as National Trails marked with green diamonds. Green dotted lines on OS maps show trails with rights of way. Remember, black dotted lines show trails that may or may not be a right of way and walking these will need careful planning.
You can draw or plot your route on the map. Or you can use an app like ViewRanger or iFootpath. If you are using the OS Maps app you’ll get a running total of the distance as you plot the route.
4. Check for danger points
The safety of your route is going to be very weather-dependent. If possible, check the weather the day before so you can amend or re-plan your route accordingly.
Also, look out for roads and train lines () and steep slopes and altitude. Be sure to check tide times if your route is by the coast. Don’t be alarmed, but make sure too that you have escape or alternative routes in mind, especially on longer routes.
5. Get going!
Now you’ve planned and prepared, it’s time to do a final weather check, and if you’re going on a route of any distance leave a copy of your planned route with family, friends or us, your accommodation provider.