Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Where are we?

Back on the 27th November I wrote about a set of UK topographical maps freely available <here> from the internet.  These maps were superior to those I’d previously downloaded as they contained both the contour lines and, more importantly, footpaths!  I’ve now identified much of the source data for the maps comes from Open Street Map (OSM) which is a free wiki world map where users can add to the data on the map.

I’ve noticed some of the footpaths around this area are not shown and have already started recording them on our gps then uploading the paths to the map.  It just adds another interest to the walks.

This led to some further thinking.  Reading some boaters blogs you realise when they want to arrange a delivery to their boat (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, etc) they need to provide a post code.  There must be a way of identifying the nearest post code without knocking on doors?  Using the information on the OSM website I’ve found another part of the same OSM site which displays post codes.  The site name is “oscompare” <link here> and if you zoom in the post codes will appear.

Might be slightly hard to see in the screen dump but they are there in red font

I told you they were there…..!  Smile

Yesterday’s post mentioned our search for drainage matting to go on the floor in the cratch.  Jan found a cheap supplier on eBay and placed the order in the early evening.  To our surprise the courier delivered it just after lunch today.  Great service!  Within 30 minutes I had it cut to size and in place.

Black was the cheapest colour and as it’s going to be covered with carpet the colour was irrelevant! 

We also received a call from Black Pig Fenders regarding the order we placed with them for a mooring kit.  Apparently they only have one mooring pin left in stock and their pin fabricator is currently unable to provide.

Photo courtesy of the Black Pig Fenders website

They offered to either refund our money or refund the value of one pin.  We’ve opted for the latter option as we already have one spare mooring pin.


Anonymous said...

remember some of these path and tracks are only usable with the land owners permission, if they sell up the new land owner can close access instantly, the meadow at tyle mill is a good example, there is no path the land owner gets paid by the government to keep it a free access field, which expired last year but i have been told it may have been given a five year extension, be ware the bag of worms, most footpaths can be traced back several hundred years and land owners should by law make access easy but alas some dont. the path from padworth lock across to mill lane is just a path locals have made just because it been put in a local book of walks does not mean it is a legal path. also small areas do not always come uhder the right to roam act.
a disgruntled land owner who suffers trespassers in his garden most weeks

Tom and Jan said...

Do you know whether the path is legal if it is shown on the relevant OS map and is signposted?

Anonymous said...

normally in the small print they cover their backsides saying something like, we believe it to be correct but dont come crying to us if we are wrong, you would have a good defence in law if the os was wrong, so keep walking and writing the blog