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July 2017


Walkingworld app preview
We are putting the final touches to the Walkingworld app, so we thought we would give you quick preview. We have set out to make it as easy as possible to use, so there shouldn't be anything too complicated to learn. It really is no more nor less than the Walkingworld walks delivered to your iOS or Android smartphone, with the ability to view the waymarks one at a time and follow the route on Ordnance Survey maps.

To access the walks you simply sign in with your Walkingworld login. If you are non-subscriber you will be able to follow a single walk on a simplified map. However it is with our standard annual subscription that you gain the full benefits - the ability to follow walks on OS Landranger and Explorer maps, to save as many walks as you like and to keep them on your device for up to 30 days. We must emphasise that full use of the app is included in the existing £18 a year subscription, there is nothing to pay on top. If you buy walks individually you'll be able to follow them on the app too.

To search for walks you can enter a UK placename or postcode, or the walk ID number if you know it. You can filter the results by walk grade, length or the most important features (such as a pub or cafe). Pick a walk to save and the app gathers and stores all the instructions, waymark pictures and map for use when you are offline. The maps come direct from Ordnance Survey so they will always be bang up to date. The download collects all the map tiles you need at every zoom level, so the walk is ready to follow when you turn up at the start point.

Following a walk is straightforward. Tabs at the top of the screen let you view the walk summary, the map, the waymarks and a directory of nearby Walkingworld member businesses. Turn on the GPS and your position is shown as a red circle on the map, so you can see how you are progressing to the next waymark. Touch a waymark on the map and it takes you direct to that one on the waymark screen, where you can scroll through all the waymarks.

We believe the app will make navigating a walk much easier, even if you still print out a copy of the instructions and the OS map (which we would certainly recommend in remoter areas). We'll be making the app available soon for beta testing, so if you would like to be on the list to test the app please contact us, mentioning whether you are using iOS or Android. If you have told us before you would like to beta test don't worry, we already have your details.

HF Holidays award winners
HF Holidays have been creating walking and activity holidays since 1913, combining healthy exercise and travelling to areas of outstanding natural beauty, with superb accommodation and great food.

Recently voted Best Activity Tour Operator in the 2017 Silver Travel Advisor awards, they are proud to announce they have just been awarded Which? Recommended Provider for Holiday Companies in 2017. HF Holidays was commended for its outstanding customer service record and awarded five stars across the board. One customer commented: "What attracts me most is the standard of accommodation, the level of organisation, the walks offered and that I will be travelling with like-minded people."

Jim Forward, Chief Executive, said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the Which? Holiday Companies survey results, a testament to the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of our team. We are totally committed to delivering an unrivalled walking holiday experience and helping people enjoy the great outdoors. We will build on this achievement with fresh enthusiasm and ideas ensuring HF Holidays continues to delight customers."

As a special introduction to discovering more of the great outdoors with HF Holidays you can enjoy £50 off your first UK holiday booking*. To book or to request a brochure visit www.hfholidays.co.uk or call 0345 470 7558 and quote EPD6. To take advantage of the offer use code EPD6 at the checkout.

*£50 discount is per booking and applies to first time bookers with HF Holidays booked by 31 August 2017. Non-member associate fee of £10pp applies. Offer only applies on new UK bookings and cannot be used in retrospect or in addition to existing offers. Terms and conditions apply, visit www.hfholidays.co.uk for full details.

Book review: 'Among the Summer Snows'
Summer may seem an odd time to be reading about snow, and setting off in search of summer snow in the UK might seem an odd pastime. But there is surely something special about finding that incongruous patch of snow lingering in some hidden gulley or north facing bowl when the white stuff is but a distant memory elsewhere.

Christopher Nicholson's book, Among the Summer Snows, has been a long time in gestation. It is an account of his, and others', fascination with those relics of snow that last into the summer and very occasionally all year round. He recounts his most recent pilgrimage - what else can you call it? - to the Scottish Highlands to seek out snowy survivors. Reading about someone's strange obsession could be dull, but it isn't. One the one hand it's the story of a personal journey triggered partly by grief, but it's also a study in what nature, and getting out into nature, means to us all.

Nicholson's writing on wildlife, flora and the mountain environment is detailed and immediate and the hardbook book, with well placed photographs complementing the text, is nicely produced. It is available from all the usual outlets or direct from September Publishing. If you buy from the publisher you can save 20% by using the voucher code WALKINGWORLD.

Wainwright calendar 2018
The Wainwright Society Calendar is always popular with Walkingworld members. The 2018 version is now on sale. Once again the format features photographs of the Lake District taken by Society members, together with line drawings and quotations from the works of Alfred Wainwright. Profits from the sale of the calendar this year will be donated to Fix the Fells for the repair of Long Stile, the final ascent on to the summit of High Street in the Far Eastern Fells, between Ullswater and Haweswater. Alfred Wainwright considered this ascent from Mardale to be the finest way to the summit.

Fix the Fells undertakes the repair of eroded and damaged footpaths in the Lake District. The work is undertaken by National Trust fell rangers and Lake District National Park Authority volunteers. In the last ten years, more than 200 sections of fell paths have been repaired using a variety of traditional techniques.

The price of the calendar has been held at £10 including p&p. The calendar can be purchased direct from the Wainwright Society website using PayPal. It always sells out so it's worth purchasing sooner rather than later.