This Walk Distance Calculator determines the straight-line distances between points and allows these to be added cumulatively to provide an overall distance for the walk. The program also provides the bearing for each leg ideal for use with GPS systems.
The grid references of all the major peaks and many other locations are included within the algorithm and for many walks it is just a matter of selecting them from the list and submitting them. Grid references may be in 6 figure (estimated), 8 figure (more carefully estimated), or 10 figure (GPS measured) format. I am not suggesting that the GPS is accurate to the nearest metre but I have, on occasion, achieved reproducibility of less than 10 metres. In some cases pertinent waymarks have been named after local features. For example, there is a point where the path coming up the valley from Glenridding splits, with one branch leading over Sticks Pass and the other going towards Keppel Cove. This particular point has been named after the nearby hamlet of Greenside. Clarification of such matters can be obtained by checking the grid reference on a map.
There is also the facility to input your own grid reference data which can be labelled if you so wish.
The algorithm copes with crossing zero lines on the grid i.e. it will calculate the distance from 990000 to 010000 as 1.24 miles (2 km) and not 60.89 miles (98 km) and can therefore be used for any similarly based grid of any area, with the proviso that individual leg distances are no more than about 30 miles.
A facility is provided for outputting a file, in Gardown format, of the walk you've outlined, suitable for uploading to a Garmin GPS. Tick the box marked "Output GPS data file" and "SUBMIT" again. The file will be downloaded for saving.
The accuracy of the result depends the accuracy with which one can simulate the walk with straight lines. The writer has tested this method on the Catstye Cam and Dollywagon Pike route with the following results:-
NY or SD
|Dist. of Leg|
|point8||Grisedale Tarn outflow||352123||143||0.62||5.71|
This compares with the author's value of 9.7 miles obtained using a map measurer.
The Walk Distance Calculator program was created by the author of the Lake District Walks Web Site