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Re: Most reliable mileage estimates?

If you are plotting a route using the OS website it will mould it to marked paths in national park areas (for example the Cairngorms). You need to be using to OS map view in 1:25000. I have found this very useful and it improves accuracy hugely.

Re: Most reliable mileage estimates?

I can't say that I have noticed that Lindsay, in fact if you look at the example I've enclosed you can see where I have deliberately drawn a return route a few metres off the path parallel to the outward route. That's bang in the middle of CNP.

Re: Most reliable mileage estimates?

It definitely works, however you look like you are in standard view, rather than OS leisure map view - you can change it at the bottom with the icon that looks like a stack of paper.

I would add a screenshot to demonstrate, but I can't work out how to add pictures to a post.

Re: Most reliable mileage estimates?

Ah! I see, you're one of those posh folks who pay for subscription. Personally I just use the free version which serves my needs and I buy paper maps for areas of particular interest with the mobile app option allowing me to store my paper maps on my phone for offline use. The standard option is a remarkable free resource.

Re: Most reliable mileage estimates?

Hi Brennen, and a big welcome to the Challenge.
I have used Viewranger for the last 4 years and I am very satisfied with it. You design a route on the computer by placing dots on the map where you intend to walk. I have found that as you only place a limited amount of dots when planning the route that it slightly underestimates the distance. So when submitting my route sheet I have learned to add about 10 % to my estimated distance for the day and that is usually very close to what I end up walking.
Unfortunately I wont be doing the challenge this year, but might bump into you in the hills, for all that.
Best of luck, you will love it.

Best Regards also to the rest of the TGO family.

Re: Most reliable mileage estimates?

Hi All,

Thanks for the helpful replies! I am an old fogey used to measuring out lines on a map, and Basecamp was my first foray into digital mapping. Convenient to use, but it gives me very different distances than other tools.

I didn't realize the OS website could be used for planning routes. I just tried it out, and it's great, so I'll probably start there.

Thanks again!