Blog updates are only on an
"ad hoc" basis when I have something to say and will not be
particularly regular. Latest entries first.
20 December 2014
Google map exercise now complete
(see last two entries below).
18 December 2014
Re entry 1 November 2014 below,
I am progressing correcting the Google Map links so that directions to the
start point can be obtained. Only Pembrokeshire, Shropshire and West
Yorkshire to go.
1 November 2014
Google Maps had a really useful
facility whereby a link could be created to a location marker on a map and when a
user clicked on this, the location would "pop up" on the map with
the option of getting directions. This was useful for finding the start
point of walks and locations of accommodation. As I mentioned in the entry
below on 20 September 2014, Google's "improvements" have removed
that facility and completely ruined a brilliant element of their mapping.
I think I may have found a way
round this but it will take some time to correct all the links so please
bear with me. I will put the facility on new entries.
26 October 2014
Fame at last! The November 2014
edition of Sainsbury's Magazine has an article about walking by Janet
Street-Porter. As an adjunct to this, the Travel Editor, Francesca Syz, has
added a piece listing three of the best walking websites. Guess what, Happy
Hiker is one of them! Clearly Sainsbury's Magazine is a publication of
20 September 2014
Google have changed the way
their maps operate. Better in some ways but worse as far as my needs are
concerned. Now when visitors to my site click on icons to find the start
point of walks or locations for accommodation, instead of getting the
relevant pushpin popping up automatically, they have to scroll through a
list on the left and click the relevant entry. There seems no way round
this. I have written to Google about this but why would they take notice of
what matters to little me!
18 September 2014
An action group are trying to
get a track from East Busk Lane, Otley to the disused railway line at Old
Pool bank designated as a Right of Way, so enabling a nice circular walk. If
you have used this in the last 20 years, please contact
16 June 2014
Back home following heart
surgery. If anyone is interested, I have set up a separate blog page to
record my recuperation as it is a period of months rather than weeks and it
will be some time before I get hiking properly again. See My
Cabbage and I (all will be revealed).
27 May 2014
On 16 May 2014, I went into
Leeds General Infirmary for a routine heart procedure (stent). It transpired
that the particular location could not be stented and that I needed a bypass
operation. Moreover, my condition is such that it would be dangerous to go
home so I am stuck in LGI awaiting surgery. Now I have internet access, I
might start a blog on my progress.
8 May 2014
Interesting to see that
Blencathra (Saddleback) in the lake District has been put up for sale to
meet inheritence tax liabilities. The walk
up Sharp Edge to its summit is one of my favourite walks. A campaign has been launched to try to
raise funds by voluntary subscription to buy the mountain for the Nation. The present
owner just wants to sell but the mountain needs to be owned by someone who
will sensibly manage it, not just any Tom, Dick, Oleg or Vladimir! The
logical outfit would be the National Trust, who own lots of bits of the Lake
District already. If you can help, see
of Blencathra or details.
15 April 2014
I see new access rights now
exist for two stretches of the England Coast Path. between Allonby and
Whitehaven in Cumbria, and between North Gare in Hartlepool and South Bents
in Sunderland in the North East. See Natural
England website for details.
5 April 2014
I ordered an OS map from Amazon
on Wednesday 2 April 2014, late afternoon. It arrived the next day, without
any special delivery requests! How good is that!
Had a bumper crop of visitors to
this site in March. Highest figures yet at 40k. I hope this means people are
finding the site useful. Feedback appreciated.
30 January 2014
The Campaign to Protect Rural
England (CPRE) have launched a campaign to try to get Government to use
brownfield sites for housing before building all over the countryside.
3 January 2014
Now up to 149 walks. The second half of the
year has been a bit low on the walk front due to family illness issues,
resulting in holiday curtailment but I am hoping things will be on a more
even keel now. I certainly would like to pass 200 walks recorded by the end
of the year.
I am pleased with visitor numbers
substantially up on 2012 and contrary to my expectations have not dipped as
much as I expected when we got to November/December. This is partly due to
interest in the Lanzarote walks as folk are obviously planning their winter
breaks. December's numbers were even higher than November and are averaging
nearly 26,000 per month.
I keep getting pestered by sites wanting
totally unrelated inks. The latest was an American airline company which
only dealt with flights inside the US. Although reciprocal links were
offered, there was no links/resources page on their site and in any case,
why would any visitor to either site be interested in the other? The logic
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