Scheduled Maintenance

This website will be undergoing an upgrade on 17th June. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Scheduled Date and Time:

START: Friday, June 17, 2022, @ 21:00 (9 PM BST)
FINISH: Saturday, June 18, 2022, @ 07:00 (7 AM BST)

Maintenance Window:
10 hours

Estimated Downtime:

At this time, we expect service interruption for to be at least 6-7 hours during the maintenance window specified above.

Hartland, Devonshire

The first of the weekends away for 2022 was to Hartland in Devonshire. The trip was organised by Janet Earwaker.

The weather turned out to be excellent and although the walks were a little tough in places everyone who went enjoyed themselves.

Gill Bridgeman has kindly sent me these photos to put on the website and they show some of the spectacular scenery of the area.

Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance

Recce, recky, reckie, or recon. However you say it, reconnaissance is not without it’s dangers.

Dave and Rita were nearly squashed by this falling tree whilst we were sorting out the route for the Ashley walk.

So, please take care when you’re out walking and if you’re on your own let someone with a chainsaw know where you’re going!

Technology

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Walking and Technology

Nowadays, most of us have a “smartphone” and at least one “app” that allegedly tells us the distance we have walked. Why all the different apps can’t agree on this distance is beyond me and the scope of this article. Here, I want to introduce you to some useful apps that you may not be aware of.

/// what3words

what3words is the easiest way to talk about any precise location in the world. Every 3m square has been given a unique combination of three words. 

The pictures above are ones I took on recent walks with the three words attached. Those of you who were on the walks will know where they were taken. Just pop the three words, including the fullstops, into the app and you will see for sure.

what3words is more precise than a street address, and easier to remember, use and say than GPS coordinates, grid references or latitude and longitude and is a really simple way to talk about a location. For example ///tortoises.zones.probable marks the entrance to the Scout Hut Car Park in Fleckney..

You can find a 3 word address using the free what3words app or online map at what3words.com. It works offline and is available in 37 languages

3 word addresses are easy to say and share, and are as accurate as GPS coordinates.

51.520847,  -0.19552100 ←→ /// filled.count.soap

The developer’s vision is for what3words to become a global standard for communicating location. People can use what3words to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, and to direct emergency services to the right place.

Discover the what3words app

Open Canal Map

Walking around Fleckney, canals and rivers play a prominent role in our walks. While I was writing the text for Deb’s walk from Marston Trussell, I searched the internet for something to tell me about canal bridge names and numbers. What I found was the Open Canal Map.

I am quite impressed with this app as not only does it show bridge names and numbers, it displays them as what3words locations as well.

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t seem to have been updated recently and some folk criticise the accuracy of some of the data. But, as you can see from the image above, the data for Foxton Locks is certainly correct.

There is hope on the horizon though as a similar and much more functional app is being developed by the UK Waterways Guide.

Local Walk Map

A Map of some of our Local Walks

We are continually trying to improve this website and updating the content.

There is now a list of the places the Fleckney Walking Club have visited in the recent past on the right of most pages.

We have also added a map showing the location of our more recent local(ish) Sunday walks. We hope to also add our Thursday walks to the map.