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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 you to follow the route once 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.

Download 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 on 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
Once 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 use Google Earth to look at the details of a route in advance.
Watch a Video: How to use Google Earth to see the details of a route

Using your Garmin GPS as an automobile Sat Nav
You 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.
Watch a Video: How to use your Garmin GPS as an automobile Sat Nav
 
Using a Garmin GPS to calculate driving distances
Suppose you would like to know the road mileage to a specific location - the start of a route which you have downloaded, for example.  Using your Garmin GPS you can calculate the driving distance to your chosen walk.  Click below to see how.
Watch a Video: How to use your GPS to calculate the distance to a specific location

Creating a 1:25,000 Custom Map for your GPS
Once 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. 
Watch a Video: How to create a 1:25,000 map for your GPS




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