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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 02, 2008 14:25

Am I wrong to be ridiculously excited about the bottom-of-the-range handheld GPS thingy I got for Christmas?

This is brilliant, right. This website lets you download maps and audio commentaries about them, and you can also download routes to put straight on a GPS thingy to follow. That has GOT to be the FUTURE.

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Post by caramarydaisy » Wed Jan 02, 2008 15:05

can we go out walking sometime?

i might even buy some proper boots and i promise not to complain too much.
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Post by La-Di-Da » Wed Jan 02, 2008 15:12

That's brilliant!
Does it work if you get lost too?
Say if you went out on a mystery walk and found yourself lost at dusk, you could find your way to a pub or something?

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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 02, 2008 15:19

Go on then. I'll navigate and you can bring pie!

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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 02, 2008 15:26

La-Di-Da wrote:That's brilliant!
Does it work if you get lost too?
Say if you went out on a mystery walk and found yourself lost at dusk, you could find your way to a pub or something?
Yeah but not just by telling it the name of the pub. You have to give it the map co-ordinates for the pub. You tell it the details for loads of places and it stores them, and then wherever you are, if you choose one of them, it tells you which way to walk to get there and how far it is and stuff.

Mine hasn't got maps built in though, so it might tell you to walk through people's gardens and across rivers and stuff. But you can work round that. There are ones with built-in maps like a satnav thing in a car, which are just too awesome.

It's easy enough to find map co-ordinates for stuff anyway. You can look on Google Earth. Or a map.
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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 02, 2008 15:28

Did you just say "satnav"?

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Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 02, 2008 15:30

tastyzine wrote:Did you just say "satnav"?
Shut up. You said nimby earlier on.

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Post by humblebee » Sun Jan 13, 2008 16:49

Tastyzine! Tell us about your Edale/Hope walk yesterday. Was the weather OK? I wanted to go out there today but it was chucking it down.

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Post by a layer of chips » Sun Jan 13, 2008 17:13

We only did four miles, but it was very, very muddy. Lisa got her shoe stuck in the mud in a field full of horses. My DMs are in a right state.

We could've gone forever, though. Walking four miles in the Peak District always feels like you've walked 500 yards cos there's so much to look at.

However, when we were about a mile from the end, we heard an awful lot of police and/or ambulance sirens and there was a helicopter overhead looking for something. That was a bit depressing.

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Post by Tomb » Sun Jan 13, 2008 18:02

I love hiking especially long distance hiking.

Despite me bulk these days I can move. I did the Pennine Way the year before last which was great. It were a 270 mile pub crawl but I still managed to lose two stone in 16 days - mind you I had 60ilbs plus on my back at all times.

Recently did the Kingfisher Trail but didn't see a single one. Should have called it the plastic bag way instead as that would have been more appropriate.

If any anorak people are up for a few files jaunt let me know.

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Post by humblebee » Sun Jan 13, 2008 19:07

Cor, you're well hardcore, you are, Tom!

If I go out for a walk in that countryside it'll usually be five or six miles. I think the most I've done in one go is ten and a bit.

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Post by Tomb » Sun Jan 13, 2008 20:09

humblebee wrote:Cor, you're well hardcore, you are, Tom!

If I go out for a walk in that countryside it'll usually be five or six miles. I think the most I've done in one go is ten and a bit.
Yeah the Pennine way was hard work but a great laugh. Met some very nice people on the way. An average walk for me is between 6 and eight miles but I rarely get out walking these days. That Kingfisher way was the last one but we didn't do it all as there are no train stations at the end of the walk. However I am slowly getting my brother in law into walking so hopefully there will be more soon!

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Post by crystalball » Wed Jan 23, 2008 23:33

Pennines schpennines... I am here to speak in favour of tipsy walking in the city. Everyone left the pub a bit too early tonight and it was a nice evening so I walked from Tottenham Court Road to Victoria. I'd had a few drinks and couldn't make decisions about which way to go so I walked around familiar streets and some not so familiar ones and finally found myself at Victoria. It was such a nice sense of mild confusion. Even when I got to the station I couldn't stop wandering around and I missed my train. That was good though because I ended up sitting next to a very young Jim Reid lookalike on the next train who looked as confused as I was and we had a nice chat about how free newspapers are a sign of the apocalypse. Then I walked home up the hill and almost died.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 24, 2008 08:39

crystalball wrote:Pennines schpennines...
You must have to be careful how you type that when you're tipsy.

Yeah, I wish I hadn't started this thread in the hobbies forum really, cos I don't think about walking in the country with maps and things as a different thing from walking home from the pub in the city after drunky (and I never use the word 'hiking'). Apart from needing boots for one of them.

How far is it from Tottenham Court Road to Victoria? It sounds a long way, cos it's north London to south, right?

You should tell the Home Secretary that walking round London is perfectly safe.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 25, 2008 00:03

humblebee wrote:How far is it from Tottenham Court Road to Victoria? It sounds a long way, cos it's north London to south, right?
I think it took me about an hour, but I *was* walking a bit funny. How many miles are there in a tipsy hour?

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Post by shaved head thrills » Fri Jan 25, 2008 00:58

ive been walking a lot as of late
about 4 miles a day
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Post by Tomb » Fri Jan 25, 2008 08:22

I have started walking home between Vauxhall and Homerton. Just over 6.5 miles and takes me a couple of hours but who cares when you're plugged in to your mp3 player. I get home about half an hour later than if I was using public transport.

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Post by soft revolution » Tue Jan 29, 2008 21:08

Tomb wrote:I have started walking home between Vauxhall and Homerton. Just over 6.5 miles and takes me a couple of hours but who cares when you're plugged in to your mp3 player. I get home about half an hour later than if I was using public transport.
Yes! Put on an MP3 player and a walk just vanishes, it's almost like magic. I used to do the Kings Heath to Selly Oak walk once a week (sorry, I had Birmingham it up there were too many London place names cropping up)
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Post by humblebee » Fri Feb 08, 2008 15:54

I just did a ten-and-a-half-mile walk! The coast around Cleethorpes and Humberston is inexpressibly beautiful today...

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Post by Woodbine » Sat Mar 01, 2008 18:25

crystalball wrote:
humblebee wrote:How far is it from Tottenham Court Road to Victoria? It sounds a long way, cos it's north London to south, right?
I think it took me about an hour, but I *was* walking a bit funny. How many miles are there in a tipsy hour?
I do that walk almost every week day (although it's not quite to Victoria, so I would take about five minutes off it), and it takes me about half an hour. Well, actually, in the mornings I do Warren St to St James's Park (near Victoria), and in the evenings St James's Park to Tottenham Court Road. I've lost half a stone since Christmas so it must be doing some good. Then I have to get on a bus for an hour, so it's a bit of a labour of love, but it's cheaper than the tube and means I can get a seat and read in peace.

I couldn't be arsed with the walking bit without an ipod though.
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