How to use snap to path in OS Maps 2023

What is snap to path?

If you know how to use the OS Maps app to plan a walking route, you’ve probably already used the snap-to-path feature. It’s a useful tool that can take some of the time (and clicks) out of creating an online route by automatically aligning it with existing roads, paths and tracks.

It’s useful but not perfect…yet!

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Plus size outdoor clothing models – where are they all?

Plus-size sports gear

Back in 2019 Nike caused a stir in the sports gear and fashion worlds by placing plus size mannequins front and centre of their flagship London store.

Well done Nike.

Plus-size walking trousers

Three years earlier in 2016, over on the Two Blondes Walking blog, I challenged Cotswold Outdoor to find me a pair of walking trousers that fitted my larger (but actually average) size. At the time they rose to the challenge and helped me to understand some of the issues surrounding plus size outdoor gear.

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Gear review – Isobaa’s Isosoft merino blend top

Isobaa asked me to review some of their merino gear in exchange for the items reviewed. I was more than pleased to say ‘yes’!

What do you wear in bed?

It’s a bit of a cheeky question isn’t it. But the question I really meant to ask was this one.

What do you wear in bed when you’re camping?

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Campsite or wild camping? Which makes the best UK campervan trip?

Okay. It’s a fair cop.

I don’t always travel by train.

Mr D and I also have a campervan, in which we enjoy road trips to interesting places near and far. Places which often seem include railway stations.

You can tell who plans our road trips! 

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Around the world in eight Wales days

Over the last few years there have been many reasons not to travel overseas. Our post-pandemic, climate-aware, cost-of-living-crisis times have caused many of us to explore more widely the UK and all it has to offer.

They have also brought about great change in the travel writing and outdoor writing industries.

Which is why I chose to write the below submission for the 2022 National Geographic Travel Writing competition on the topic of Wales rather than anywhere further flung.

I didn’t win any prizes.

But I did enjoy the writing challenge. And the opportunity to celebrate a beautiful country I can visit on an adventure by train, in my campervan.

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How to write a gear review

In the twenty or so year’s I’ve been working in the outdoors, outdoor gear products have proliferated. There are so many tents, jackets, stoves and ‘useful’ gadgets on the market it’s hard to see them all, let alone choose which one you want to buy.

Just one reason outdoor gear reviews have become so popular.

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Car park closures. Protecting the environment or reducing access?

Countryside car parks.

What do they mean to you?

  • The starting point for your favourite walk?
  • A lovely picnic spot?
  • A place to launch your kayak?
  • A means of exploring?
  • The start of an adventure?
  • A scenic coffee stop?
  • A place to overnight in your van?
  • Somewhere to play music and relax?
  • A location for litter and fly tipping?

Quite possible all of the above but it’s the bottom three that are often given as reasons for closing car parks that have previously given so much pleasure. I can vouch for the issues near some of the closures but have also seen evidence that closures don’t always deal with the problems, they often transfer them somewhere else.

Somewhere that perhaps won’t affect a particular land owner.

Car park closures have significant impact

If Dartmoor National Park is anything to go by, car park closures are gathering pace. Locked gates and giant stones are appearing all over the place.

And they’re restricting our access to the few areas of England where we are allowed to freely wander.

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Would you trust a tent review written by artificial intelligence?

Can AI write outdoor blog posts and articles?

I recently wrote a post about copywriting and artificial intelligence. It’s an interesting topic. One I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while now. One that represents a slightly disconcerting situation.

Because the software is already available that could put me out of business.

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Frantic Christmas Eve? We have ten quick outdoor activities for the whole family.

For many of us here in the UK, Christmas Eve is a time of preparation. As well as the obvious jobs like sprouts, presents and potatoes, there are those tasks nobody else ever thinks about. You know the sort of thing.

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How to get the whole family to go for a walk this Christmas

The Christmas holidays are nearly here. The family needs entertaining. And you need a break from Christmas preparations. Why not forget the to-do list for a few hours, and go for a walk with the whole family?

Well even I can think of plenty of reasons!

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