Welcome to the website of ramblingfrank

I have led walks over many years on the footpaths of Britain including most of the Peak District and many long distance trails; Pennine Way, Offa’s Dyke, Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, Hadrian’s Wall and the perfect mountain route, The Cambrian Way.

The routes have been walked over many years, mostly with the Holy Spirit Rambling Group in Marple, and friends from Cheadle Hulme and Hazel Grove.

I decided to set up this website having amassed a large collection of walks (mainly in the Peak District and Cheshire) all saved as Memory-Map files, Tracklogs files or GPSU files; ideal for use with a GPS.

Memory-Map files mostly have a tracklog and a route of the walk. A lot of the routes have instructions from each waypoint, although I now have mixed feelings about this as nearly all the navigation information you need can be obtained from the map. The instructions do tend to make the route card longer with information that you rarely need to look at.

I am offering some of these walks in return for a small contribution to a very worthy charity- Cafod.


My preferred GPS is still an old and trusty HP iPAQ with Windows Mobile 6 running Memory-Map, linked via Bluetooth to a Globalsat Copilot gps receiver, although I also use a Garmin Etrex10 together with a printed map at 25k.

Whatever format I have saved them in I can be very easily convert the files into other formats.

The file formats that I use are Memory-Map (version 5 for it’s stability), GPX for its universality and copying into the Etrex gps, Tracklogs for its beautiful maps, GPSU for its files conversion abilities, and CSV (another useful format) for its ability to stream amended data into it, rather than laboriously going through each item individually.

Incidently, I always carry a printed map of the route as a backup. I have to say that to date, after years of using the iPAQ, I have never needed the printed map etc. Hope I’m not tempting fate!

To view the walks available click on the catalogue link below.

I now help run a Wednesday walking group, these are my personal records, so some comments may not apply.

If you would like a copy of a particular walk, email me with the code number, and upon confirmation of a small contribution to Cafod I will email you the file.

I have graded the walks into three categories as follows:-

Grade C- EASY:- LESS than 15kms (9miles) AND LESS than 330m (1,000feet) of ascent.

Grade B- MODERATE:- LESS than 15kms (9miles) OR LESS than 330m (1,000feet) of ascent.

Grade A- STRENUOUS:- MORE than 15kms (9miles) AND MORE than 330m (1,000feet) of ascent.