[Talk-GB] Long Distance Paths
Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Fri Aug 27 09:22:37 BST 2010
>I don't think there is anyone rendering it explicitly at the moment, however, >it would be trivial >for someone to take the OpenCycleMap code and apply a similar style to an OpenWalkMap. Having said >that, there are a number of people who are experimenting with different map displays, so there is >likely to be something out there. OCM documentation is fairly complete, but the LDP network is not. >There is certainly someone seeking to replicate an OS style map for footpaths.
I develop Freemap (www.free-map.org.uk) which aims to be just that. It does suffer somewhat from my lack of server power though - hence no updates in several months. Chris Jones has however offered some server space (Chris, I emailed you a while back about some server set up - is the offer of space still open?)
I'd like to develop Freemap further but at the moment the issues are a) server power and b) my time - though I'll be a bit freer (in the evenings and weekends) from late September.
Brian Prangle wrote on 27/08/2010 08:02:
Have we got to the stage of mapping these that it
would be worth the effort in replicating a rendering similar to
OpenCycleMap?. The wiki page on long distance paths seems to have
a pretty comprehensive listing and you can get nice maps when you
browse the relation for individual routes. It would be great to
have them all on an OpenCycleMap clone - perhaps OpenPathMap?.
Identifying each route might be a challenge as they don't have
nice reference numbers like the cycle routes. Perhaps the national
routes listed could be colour coded separately from the regional
routes? Unfortunately I don't have the skills to perform this
feat, but is there any appetite for this task?
As far as identifying the long distance routes, this has been set up
as a project. See:
I don't think there is anyone rendering it explicitly at the moment,
however, it would be trivial for someone to take the OpenCycleMap
code and apply a similar style to an OpenWalkMap. Having said that,
there are a number of people who are experimenting with different
map displays, so there is likely to be something out there. OCM
documentation is fairly complete, but the LDP network is not. There
is certainly someone seeking to replicate an OS style map for
The main problem for OSM as I see it is not the documentation of the
path, but the difficulty in accurately rendering landmarks which
mean that for genuine navigation, the OS map provides all sorts of
useful clues (e.g. which side of a hedge should a footpath run can
be very important when you are at a complicated junction of
footpaths) that OSM will struggle to provide due to the difficulty
of sourcing hedging for example.
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