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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, 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 look at.

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

ALL THE WALKS ARE AVAILABLE IN MEMORY-MAP FORMAT.

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.

Although the native format for all the walks is Memory-Map they can be very easily converted into other formats using GPSU. I strongly recommend this programme, having used it since it’s early days on Windows 3.

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 Memory-Map) 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 backup printed matter. Hope I’m not tempting fate!

Printed guides, including a map, route card, and introduction sheet may be available shortly.

To view the walks available open one of the catalogue links below.

If you would like a copy of the MEMORY-MAP file of a particular walk, email me with the code number, and upon confirmation of a small contribution to Cafod (suggest £1.50) via JustGiving, I will email you the file.

If you are interested in a PRINTED GUIDE of a walk please email me, and we can discuss your requirements.

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

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

Grade 2- MODERATE:- LESS than 15kms (9miles) OR LESS than 330m (1,000feet) of ascent.

Grade 3- STRENUOUS:- MORE than 15kms (9miles) AND MORE than 330m (1,000feet) of ascent.

Peak District Walks

Cheshire Walks

Sample Walk (in csv format as the web browser inadvertently converts .mmo files into .html files.)