Thorn in dog’s paw, OS navigation skills & trail pathway diversions

I’ve always navigated my hikes using pre-printed trail information, a navigation device such as a Garmin using GPX files or apps like Trail Forks. However, I have now found a challenge and new love in manually using Ordinance Survey (OS) maps and OS navigation skills.

It was a challenge for sure as not only am I new to OS navigation, but also because there were a few trail pathway diversions and a thorn in dog’s paw which was a big discomfort for me. Nevertheless, I completed my 5.5 mile / 8.6 km hike comfortably. My doggie has fully recovered too!

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Inside look…

  • Fantastic valley views

  • Amazing hiking trails

  • Mostly gravel / dirt / grass trails

  • Some hill climbing

  • Some wildlife & bird spotting

  • Scenic setting

  • Rural area

  • Lakes & Canal

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Great for short or extended hiking routes

  • Cafe onsite at start

  • Toilets onsite at start

  • Free parking

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Basic packing list…

  • Cash / Credit Card

  • Spare change in coins

  • Pen / Notebook (if you like to take notes)

  • Camera / Phone (great picture opportunities)