As will be obvious from some of my initial posts, I’m pretty new at planning biggish walks/ hikes.
A site for planning hike routes I’ve stumbled over which is really good is the Ordnance Survey’s ‘getamap’ site / planning tool. This is UK only so I can’t point any USA vistors to a similar service but I’m sure one exists.
I think my friend Jeff mentioned it to me in passing and I googled it as it sounded like a really useful site for planning then printing bespoke maps. You pay for some features but the costs look good and if you’ve got a Garmin GPS system I think you can transfer data between the website and the handheld device. Nice – that’s a gadget for another day 🙂
I just centered on my village, looked at doing about a 10 mile walk this weekend to keep my hand (feet) in and having quickly plotted a route, I get a cool map. With automatically refreshed distances as I plot along the footpaths I choose to follow and estimated completion times at the bottom of the screen as I drew the route out. That’s really neat.
Actually, I extended the plotted route to 14 miles and according to Naismith’s rule, should take me just short of 6 hours.
I’d never heard of Mr Naismith before, always good to learn new facts.
Experienced hikers will know the service already but I’ve posted about it here if you are a hiking noob like me.
My route, for the curious amongst you: