[OSM-talk] East Hampshire 'Fill The Gap' Footpaths Party - Sep 22/23

Nick Whitelegg nick at hogweed.org
Fri Aug 17 21:41:46 BST 2007

Hello everyone,

I would like to confirm the East Hampshire 'Fill The Gap' footpaths mapping 
party on the weekend of September 22/23. Whilst town coverage is good, 
coverage of countryside footpaths and walking trails is rather patchy but two 
of the biggest concentrations are in the Southampton/New Forest area and the 
Haslemere-Petersfield-Midhurst triangle on the boundaries of Hampshire and 
West Sussex in southern England. As a result of recent activity the gap (of 
about 10 miles) is starting to close.

So, the idea of this party will be to try and close the gap, achieving a 
swathe of near-complete-mapping of footpaths stretching from Hindhead 
(Surrey) in the northeast to the New Forest in the southwest, making OSM and 
Freemap real solutions for people who want to walk in this general area. (A 
long term aim would be to close the footpaths gap between Hindhead and 
Weybridge but one step at a time....)

It's going out to the international list as you might want to visit the area 
even if you are non-UK :-) Whilst not mountainous the area is very pretty 
with rolling hills and wide, open views and whilst the weather in NW Europe 
can never be guaranteed, September in southern England is normally reasonably 
warm and dry. Indeed, this party is on the first anniversary of the New 
Forest party where we enjoyed near-constant sunshine and temps in the low 
twenties C.

More details and a wiki page to follow but if you fancy exploring this part of 
southern England and extending the reach of OSM and Freemap to countryside 
users, keep the weekend free. Lots of good real ale pubs in the area too if 
you're into that :-)

Whilst mostly aimed at walkers there are some bridleways and 'green lanes' 
suitable for off road cyclists, and also country lanes though the priority 
will be on the off road stuff.

Finally please let me know if you're interested in attending and have a laptop 
with serial port. If no-one coming has one I can try and investigate other 


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