A GPS unit makes it
much easier for you to follow a walking route. Of course you
should also take a paper map with you, but the more you use your GPS,
the more you will appreciate its capabilities and reassurance.
It is so helpful to see where you actually are on a map,
especially when the route is unclear. All of the videos below
will help you to make the most of your GPS.
Using a GPS unit to
follow a gpx route
If you have a GPS unit, you
can load any gpx file you
have downloaded onto it. This will make it much easier for
follow the route
you are out in the countryside.
To see a short video which
explains how to do this, click on the following link:
Watch a Video: How
to download a gpx file onto your GPS unit
Using Garmin Basecamp to create a route and see it on a map
If you have a Garmin GPS unit with OS mapping, you can use Garmin BaseCamp
to create a route and see it on a map. You can also print a map
of your route. If you haven't already done so, you can download Garmin BaseCamp (for free) to your PC from the Garmin website. Download
Garmin BaseCamp (free)
Once you have Garmin BaseCamp
installed on your PC, you can create a route, see it on a map, and
print it if you wish. You can also use it to print a map of a
route from the files on our "Find A Walk" page.
Watch a Video: How to use Garmin BaseCamp to create, see, or print walking routes.
a Garmin Routable map
for your GPS
You can download free
"OpenStreet" maps for almost
anywhere in the world and load them onto your Garmin GPS.
These are routable maps so that you can see and follow routes
them. The following link shows you how to do this.
Watch a Video: How to download and
install OpenStreet mapping on your Garmin GPS
Using Google Earth to preview
the details of a route
you have downloaded a route, wouldn't it be great to see what the start
point looks like, or to "fly" over the route looking at the terrain
below? Yes, you can! Here's a link to see how to
Earth to look at
the details of a route in advance.
Garmin GPS as an automobile Sat Nav
can use your
Garmin GPS as an automobile Sat Nav to navigate by road to the exact
starting point of one of the walking routes which you have downloaded
from the Find A Walk
page. Here's the link to a video which shows
you how it's done.
Garmin GPS to calculate driving distances
you would like to know the road mileage to a specific location - the
start of a route which you have downloaded, for example.
your Garmin GPS you can calculate the driving distance to your
chosen walk. Click below to see how.
a 1:25,000 Custom Map for your GPS
you have downloaded a route from the Find a Walk page, and loaded it onto
your GPS, wouldn't it be nice to see the route on a 1:25,000 map on
your GPS screen? (You can now buy 1:25,000 mapping, but if
you haven't taken that step yet there is another option.) Specifically,
if you have any Anquet
1:25,000 maps installed on your computer, you can use them to create
a 1:25,000 custom map for your GPS unit (giving you four times the
mapping information compared with 1:50,000 mapping). You can
select the area for your chosen route and create a map that covers the
whole walk. Click below to see how this is done.