In April 2010, Alex and I (and my dog) undertook an epic adventure to walk the Offa’s Dyke National Trail in aid of MS Society. This is my account of Day 11 walking from Hay on Wye to Pandy on 15th April 2010 (17 miles).
Back in March I posted about an online route mapping and social media tool I had create to share our challenge of walking Offa’s Dyke with as many people as possible.
The app was a great success – we found we had a regular group of people following our progress and interacting with us (which really helped out motivation). We were also getting links to local information and history, met a friend of a follower who lived on the route, and most amazingly of all had a surprise visit from a friend who has tracked us down using the map on her iPhone.
After a fair bit of demand, I have finally got around to creating a publicly usable version of the app called Social Hiking.
For Offa’s Dyke however, I really wanted to do something special to let friends, family and other interested parties, feel part in our adventure.
So I created this: http://www.mycountryside.org.uk/viewranger.php?date=2010-02-20 – this example shows our 17 mile walk in the Surrey Hills. This post explains what the app does and how, fairly non-technically, it works.
Having just received all the Viewranger OS (Ordnance Survey) maps for the Offa’s Dyke National Trail on my N95 mobile phone, I decided to make a start creating the GPS routes in Viewranger to get a better feel for the trail.
I have broken down the trail into the same legs used in The National Trail Guides (in reverse from North to South) – these will probably not be how we walk the route – but is a good starting point.
You can download the GPS data for each leg from the table below. I have also given the length, height gain / loss and maximum height for each leg.
UPDATE: Due to the blog move, these files are no longer available to download – if you would like to receive them, please use the contact form at the bottom.