Amazing view from Kinder!

Amazing view from Kinder!

Not my photo, just amazed that it’s ever possible to see Snowdonia from Kinder. In all my times walking on Kinder, I never had such a view! And not sure that I’ll ever have the energy to get up onto the plateau again and have a look!

The decline of Grenoside

The decline of Grenoside

Went to post a parcel yesterday only to discover that the Post Office has closed down! No notice, but brown paper inside the windows and the post box painted black instead of red. Bit of a shock, really, because I’d heard nothing about the closure. The nearest ones now are Fox Hill, Chape;town, and Parson Cross…

Just noticed that it’s up for sale on Rightmove (for £24,950!?), so I suppose there’s some hope that it can be put back in service.

This, on top of our bus service, which was reduced in September from every 30 minutes to every hour, and the closure of The Cow & Calf pub, is just another knock for Greno. Still a great place to live, but becoming more isolated and service-starved.

Tracklogs has gone

Tracklogs has gone

Tried to visit the tracklogs website last week, only to find that it no longer exists: domain still registered with 1&1 till 2020, but no associated IP address…

I suppose I’m only half surprised, because software and website were very dated, but it’s rather annoying that there seems to be no announcement anywhere that I can find. And not even a contact number on the invoices they sent me. Sod ’em and their extortionate pricing: Viewranger and Memory Map are much better anyway.

Addendum

Found that there are archived web pages on Wayback, but no phone number to be found! What a crap outfit. But the parent company is A.J.S. Contract Design Limited. Still to find a phone number for them…

Pennine Way rethink

Pennine Way rethink

Having watched Dean Read’s vlog of the Pennine Way 2019, I’m having a rethink about the glories of doing the Pennine Way. Yes, there are fantastic sections, but so much of it is dreary, wet, boggy, bracken attacks, multitudinous bovine botherers, and undefined or vague paths even now. It’s an arduous slog with occasional rewards: if only it were possible to walk the highlights!

Enough of what3words

Enough of what3words

Well, what3words did seem like a great idea, but it’s proprietary and I’m not comfortable with that or their marketing strategy. So, giving Plus Codes a go as it’s open source. Although, do Google own it? Not yet sure: Google Maps does accept a Plus Codes value, and it’s frighteningly accurate…

Fickle as ever…

Fickle as ever…

Having plumped for Tracklogs and discounted Memory Map, I realised it would still be nice to have OS25 maps for the whole of GB. I found that Memory Map do them for 40% of the Tracklogs price and available immediately as a download! So I now have a pukka install of Memory Map…

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Digital Mapping (update)

Digital Mapping (update)

After a couple of weeks using Tracklogs, I’m happy with it. I haven’t gone for the full OS25 set yet because (a) it’s a bit pricey, and (b) the OS50 is much prettier for documenting walks (which I can create as GPX accurately with the OS Maps subcription). All my walk web pages have now been Tracklogised, and include (approximate before I had any GPS) a route card with whatever waypoints I want.

There was one problem
Digital Mapping

Digital Mapping

After many years of relying on “a version” of Memory Map for plotting walk routes, I’m venturing into new territory. Richard has been banging on for ages about something called Tracklogs, and I had no idea what he was on about – I assumed it was a GPS thing. But I checked it out, and it’s Windows, similar to Memory Map.

It does have some nice features that MM doesn’t have, and a wealth of route stats. It does mean purchasing pukka maps to be of any use, because the trial version provides only a small area of West Yorkshire. So, I’ve opted for the 50K map of the Peak District as a not-too-expensive trial (£14.95 + P&P). Annoyingly, they only distribute on CDROM, so I’m impatiently waiting for it to come through the post. (Why the hell they can’t provide a download I don’t know.) If it looks as good as I’m expecting, I might be tempted to fork out £250 for the whole 25K GB bundle rather than numerous selective 25K areas at £30 each…