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November 2010
 

Website getting there
We’re gradually sorting out the glitches with the new website, which by and large seems to be working well. A small number of people had a problem logging in (the issue is to do with the membership data not copying across fully into the new database) so if this happened to you we are sorry and we hope you are finding it all working now. If you do still have a problem logging in please email us on support@walkingworld.com and we should be able to sort you out.

A few people have asked that we make miles the default setting for the length of walks rather than kilometres. We live in a half-way house between metric Europe and those good old imperial measurements which some of us (of a certain age) are very familiar with. The squares on Ordnance Survey maps are, of course, in kilometres and the heights in metres, so some people do like to have all their distances and heights in metric form. But the mile is deeply embedded in our psyche – just like the pint – and there’s no doubt that many of us have a good feel for how long a mile is and are not so sure about a kilometre. So in a – very British - spirit of fudge and compromise we have made the mile the default for distance and the metre the default for height. If you would rather they were different just click ‘Change my details’ at the top of the page and choose your own settings.

Wainwright Society calendar and membership
You may have noticed adverts on the website for a very nice calendar from the Wainwright Society. Profits are going to Mountain Rescue so it’s for a very good cause and now that it’s well past the ‘break-even’ point it gets even better. The calendars have some fabulous photos taken by Society members, along with a picture by the man himself of the same location. There are some 400 calendars left and £7.50 of all remaining sales (from the £10 you pay) will go to Mountain Rescue. Thank you very much all those who have already bought a calendar – please fell tempted to buy another one! We would like to stress that we haven’t charged the society for placing the adverts so the volunteer rescue services really are benefiting as much as possible from the several hundred calendars already bought by Walkingworld members.

As a bit of a thank you the Wainwright Society is offering Walkingworld members a 25% discount (£3) on the normal Wainwright Society membership fee for the first year of joining. To get this discount simply download the application form and put 'Walkingworld' in answer to the question ‘how did you hear about the Society?’ www.wainwright.org.uk

Trailwalker UK 2011
Entries are now open for Trailwalker UK 2011 (16/17 July).

Trailwalker is the 100km team challenge across the South Downs with the Gurkhas. The route follows the South Downs Way from Petersfield to Brighton through the UK’s newest National Park. Each year 500 teams from all walks of life take on the challenge, achieve something amazing and raise over a million pounds for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. With training, great teamwork and the determination to succeed anyone can complete the challenge.

Visit www.oxfam.org.uk/trailwalker to watch the video and see what you could be doing next summer!

Secret Alicante
With temperatures often in the low to mid-twenties by the end of January, spring arrives early in the spectacular mountains of Alicante. Almond blossom soon begins to light up the terraces while butterflies dance between bright flowers that provide spectacular displays well into June.

This has long been a favourite destination of holiday company Inntravel, and it is here, in the midst of limestone crags and gorges, verdant valleys and terraced slopes, that you can enjoy a leisurely hotel-to-hotel walking holiday. From the tranquil town of Tarbena follow ancient muleteers trails to Castell de Castells to reach the tiny village of Quatretondeta.

With at least 2 nights at each hotel, there’s time to relax and slowly melt into the traditional way of life, while your welcoming hosts ensure you make the most of this unspoiled, and somewhat unknown, region of southern Spain. 

To find out more about walking holidays from now through to the spring, order Inntravel’s Walking and more brochure online or speak to one of their experts by calling 01653 617929.

ViewRanger GPS
Turn your mobile into a complete Outdoors Navigation tool with ViewRanger GPS, the UK’s leading phone app for walkers. Compatible with a wide range of devices and with access to mapping from Ordnance Survey, you can use it to; plan and follow a route, record your track, and see your real time mapped location on the screen, even when there’s no mobile signal. Additionally, Walkingworld subscribers can download any Walkingworld route to their phone for free.

To find out more look online (www.viewranger.com) or call 01223 421355

Lowrance GPS with Quo software
We’ve spent the last couple of months putting a Lowrance Safari GPS loaded with Quo mobile software through its paces. It’s been out on a couple of night exercises with Mountain Rescue, one full day search on Blencathra in the Lake District and a quite a few more leisurely outings in the hills, and it hasn’t let us down.

The digital mapping companies are all keen to have a GPS option that avoids that old issue of having to buy your Ordnance Survey mapping twice. In this case the solution has been to get hold of a proper conventional GPS device from a very reputable manufacturer and make it boot up with Quo Mobile software, into which you can import the mapping you have on your PC. Read more about it

Charity event
Just Walk is a one-day walking event, designed for anyone wanting to fundraise for a charity of choice whilst taking in the beautiful scenery of the South Downs. Just Walk offers entrants the option to take on an introductory challenge of a 10km walk, a harder trek of either 20 or 40km, or a 60km endurance test for the more adventurous. http://www.acrossthedivide.com/just-walk

Member news
Jane Leather is offering Walkingworld members a 10% discount for a short break over Christmas at Tryst Cottage in Ingleton. Please use reference code Hannah when booking. First come first served, obviously.

Tina Irving is offering self guided walking holidays again in 2011, based at her premises at Dunnet Head.  Accommodation can be camping, bed & breakfast or self catering.  They also do bag transfer for people walking the North Highland Way. www.walknorthscotland.com.

The new 3rd edition of Ron Scholes’ book, Coast to Coast on the Ravenber Way, will be published very shortly by Sigma Press (ISBN: 978-1-85058-871-9) at £8.99. 2nd edition copies are still available from the author. Price: £7.50 post free. Contact: ron.scholes1@btinternet.com

And now for a trip down Memory Lane… Michael Farrell recalls that he had a friend who knew a rhyme about the Wrekin; something along the lines of 'I'm the reel a the reel of the Wrekin the ran dan dekin selling my acca moraccas for threepence a thimble ful'.  A playground rhyme maybe? It sort of rings a bell for us too. Do you know more about it? If so please let us know, and send in any other ditties about features in the landscape.