Pete's Walks - Notes about the maps and GPX files

Google Maps

The majority of walks on this web site has a Google map showing the route. The maps have only been drawn very roughly, in order to give a general outline of the route. They are really just intended for people to be able to follow where the route is going as they read the description of the walk, they are not really intended as a guide for someone actually doing the walk. THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE (and if you zoom in on them they become even less accurate!). Unfortunately they do not always seem to display correctly on smaller screens (i.e. phones and tablets), for reasons that I do not understand.

The maps do not necessarily indicate the existence of any public right of way.

The maps appear in separate web pages, rather than appear embedded in my pages. I chose to do this as personally I find it easier to switch between tabs in a browser rather than have to scroll to the top of the page to refer to the map and then scroll down again. I apologise if you disagree and find this opening of separate pages/tabs annoying.

The maps are therefore external links, rather than pages within my web site. I am not responsible for any advertising material that may appear on them, and do not personally endorse any such products. Nor am I responsible for any 'cookies', etc., that the map pages may possibly try to create on your computer. Although the map pages may include links providing convenient direct access to other Internet sites, I do not endorse, approve, certify or make warranties or representations as to the accuracy of the information on these sites.

You can zoom in and out of the maps, by clicking the '+' or '-' buttons in the bottom right.

You can view a different area, by left-clicking anywhere on the map and dragging it.

You can see the route on a 'Satellite' view, or on one of several different graphical representations. Click the 'scroll down' arrow next to 'Base Map' and select the base map you want.

GPX files

Many of the walks on this web site have a link to download a GPX file of the route that can be imported into a GPS device or app. Please note that these files were NOT created by any GPS device or app, they were kindly provided for me by Trevor Collins (no relation) who created them by exporting the KLM file from the walks Google map and running a program he wrote to convert that file format into a GPX file. So (through no fault of Trevor's!) they contain exactly the same inaccuracies that I made when I created the corresponding Google map.

If a walk has a Google map but no GPX file, you can create one yourself. Open the Google map page and then from a pull down menu (three vertical dots in top right corner, after the map name) select 'Download KML'. You can then use a tool such as Basecamp, the software program used by Garmin, to convert the KML file into a GPX file.