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"Check for updates" vs "Restore Purchases"

On the "More options" menu of the app, there's a "Check for walk updates" option and on the home screen of the app there's a "Restore purchases" button. As they are fairly similar, you may wonder what the difference is. Each has a subtly different purpose. "Check for walk updates" is normally the one you want. It will check: For any walks purchased on another device on the same platform into the same Apple ID (Apple) or Google Account (Android) For any purchases from this device delayed with Apple/Google that haven't been delivered to the app yet For each of the walks in My Walks, whether any updates to the walk content are available "Restore purchases" is a belt-and-braces for things "check for walk updates" won't fix. It gets a list of everything from Apple or Google and then re-downloads all your walks in My Walk again, regardless of whether each is up-to-date.  If a walk gets corrupted on the device (e.
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Quieter walks

By using data about which walks have been downloaded, we've created a mechanism to help distribute people across our circular walks in Cornwall to assist with social distancing and footpath wear. We've done this by starting with a list of walks in generally quieter locations and then combining this with some automated spreading mechanisms so that there isn't a rush on a particular walk: The starting point is a list of walks which are off the beaten track These are shuffled into a different random order for every person to reduce the chances of any flocking on any one walk Anything that starts to float up into the most downloaded walks over the last 7 days is automatically removed from the list until it quietens down It's also worth noting that the circular routes are written in a single direction only so the chances of meeting people walking in the opposite direction is minimised. Note that being in rural locations: from June onwards, the footpaths may get overgrow

Joining walks

Most of the iWalk Cornwall routes are between 4-6 miles which very roughly corresponds to 2-4 hours walking time.  This can either be done as a half-day walk, or as a longer day out with time left over to explore beaches and stop for a meal in a cafĂ© etc.   To support walks longer than this, on the information page about each walk within the "Walks shop" section of the app, many of the walks have an "Adjoining walks" section. This allows a more demanding walk to be planned by stitching 2 of the normal circular routes together to make a longer figure-of-8 walk.  Here are some tips for how you can use the app to do this: Just before you approach the point where the 2 routes join, exit the first walk and load up the second. This will gives the app chance to track you approaching the direction point on the second walk, and it will start recording progress for the second walk.    If the first walk meets the second walk part-way around:  the app will offe

More short circular walks

To add to the shorter and easier walks list  already in the app, we've also started collecting  an additional list of short-cuttable walks  (just over 30 so far) that can either:  be cut down from their normal length into a shorter circular walk be split into 2 separate shorter circular walks As well as providing lots more 2 and 3 mile walks, these also include some 1-2 mile walks that are even shorter than our shortest full walks.   The list includes some information on where to split or cut down each walk where it's not obvious.  We'll gradually add more walks to the list as we spot more opportunities. Below are some tips for shortcutting using the app... Ignore off-route app warnings whilst shortcutting One of the features of the app is that when you depart from the (normal) route, it will warn you.  It doesn't know about the shortcuts you will be taking in these cases so it will warn you once you depart the main route.  Since you know what you're doing, you can

Review: Neoprene Wellies for walking

Wellies are very much part of the Cornish national identity:  my friend even has a smart pair of "dress wellies" for visiting London and a Trago pair for wearing back home without being laughed at! The problem with traditional wellies for walking has always been that whilst they are fine on soft muddy ground, the relatively thin soles start to get uncomfortable on hard, stony ground.  The rigid sides also tend to flap about and rub, and your toes can squish against the ends when going down steep hills.   Fancier riding wellies with a sleeker fit are an improvement but are still not fun to walk on granite with.  The other thing I found with riding wellies is that the soles tend to wear away quite fast on hard ground like tarmac which is particularly upsetting given their price. The upshot of all this is that wellies are ok for shorter walks but I personally find over about 4 miles they can get start to a bit uncomfortable. The new kid on the welly block is the neop

Review: Jeep Terrain Walking Socks

 I've been using Jeep socks for a few years now.  I gave them a go because Trago had lots of them in at one point and were selling them really cheap.  After being pleasantly surprised, I got a load more and have been using them daily for testing walks in all weathers. Pros They stay up in wellies and are elasticated enough to tuck walking trousers into to keep them from trailing in the mud They are thick enough to provide a little bit of extra cushioning in boots High cotton content so breathable enough to be not too hot in summer and thick enough to be warm enough in mild Cornish winters They last well and are hard-wearing.  Even after a few years of intensive use there are no holes.  They don't go out of shape quickly like some other socks I've had. They are more affordable than some brands of walking socks. Cons They are not explicitly cushioned so if you want something with real padding (e.g. for wellies) then you might need to go for more of a ski sock. Cot

Info about points of interest

The iWalk Cornwall app offers a few different ways to access points of interest along the walk.  Any information for the current direction is shown on the direction overlay on the map screen. This is shown by default for all directions on the directions screen. You can turn this on and off using the setting screen (access via "... More", "Options" then "Settings"): Geo-located points of interest are shown as markers on the map.  Some of these may be in addition to those shown within the directions. You can tap these to read about them: When we check the routes, we're constantly on the lookout for more that we can add to each of the walks so you may well find we've added a few more points of interest if you come back to do a walk again.