Subject: Pennies to carlisle
Posted: 3 Jul 2012 7:37 pm
I have been asked to organise a charity work for my colleague's. This is an alien task to me.
They need to travel by foot for 6 days! I am really struggling to find a way to plan a route that is safe, exciting and well mapped out. To be honest i haven't got a clue where to start.
They want to walk for about 100 miles!
Please are you able toHelp!!!!!????!!!
Many thanks and kind regards,
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Subject: Route planning
Posted: 4 Jul 2012 11:46 am
Sounds like a challenge! Here are my thoughts...
The first thing to work out is where the route should start and finish. You mentioned the Pennines to Carlisle, so if that's the case your first job is to try to find out whether there are any existing walking routes that join these two places. Local councils are very good at maintaining lists of walking routes in their areas, as are organisations like the Ramblers Association, so you could start by contacting them or checking out their websites.
If you do find there is an existing route that is suitable, then that's a good option because it will have been designed to be interesting, and you know that you will be allowed to walk that route. If, however, you can't find any existing long distance paths that suit your needs, you can look at an Ordnance Survey map of the area, and look for rights of way. You can then create a walking route by joining up rights of way and roads to get you from A to B. You can see rights of way on websites like Bing.com - just switch the map to Ordnance Survey and look for the green or purple dashed lines, depending on your zoom level.
Also, don't worry too much about making the route interesting to start with. Just try to get a route that takes you from the start to the finish in around the right sort of distance. You can always add detours to more interesting places later on, once you get a feel for the area.
Anyway, I hope this helps, and if you need any other pointers feel free to drop me a line. I've done quite a lot of route planning in my time!
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