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  • © Photos - C N Bauers 2003-2011 - You may use the images in a "not-for-profit" setting but please cite them properly.
  • © Text and Sketch Maps - A M Bauers 2003-2010
  • © Google Earth Images - As labeled on the images.
  • © Garmin Mapsource Altitude Plots and Maps - www.garmin.com

Credits

  • We logged our walks with a Garmin eTrex Vista GPS hand held receiver. This was upgraded to the HCX model when neil fell over and cracked the glass by sitting heavily on the first model.
  • The route maps were produced using the Garmin MapSource software and the "European Roads and Recreation" maps. From April 2008, we upgraded to Metroguide Europe V9. This product has useful additional information.
  • maps.google.com and Google Earth have been exceedingly useful for planning and especially for avoiding difficult terrain.
  • The Microsoft local live site has useful maps of Europe and may in the future have useful aerial photographs.
  • We discovered wikiloc in late 2007. This is a useful resource for GPS tracks of walking routes. Neil has now uploaded all of the routes to this wonderful site.
  • Street View in Google Maps and Earth has been useful too. Turnings can be inspected to see if there are gates or "No Entry" signs.
  • OpenStreetMap is becoming increasingly useful as it often has details of footpaths, lacking in other mapping software.

Contacts

  • Please mail site problems and suggestions to nbauers at samphire dot demon dot co dot uk.

Privacy

  • This site gathers no personal information. Server logs are discarded.

Disclaimers

  • Nearly all of our routes were on public roads, tracks and paths. However we may have unintentionally strayed onto private land. Our GPS tracks are NOT necessarily legal paths everyone would be allowed to use. On several occasions we accidentally strayed into military zones.
     
  • We want to stress that the routes of our walks have not been checked nor are they necessarily the best routes - simply the ones we took. Any one trying them - especially the ones Neil and Anne did alone needs to have a map and a compass. You would also need to be prepared to abort the route and find your own if you get lost or the situation has changed. With all the road and other building going on, this happens often.
     
  • The safest bet is always to leave yourself time to get back to your starting point (or another known safe location) in daylight should you lose your way. We aimed to take enough food and water with us to last the day so that we didn't’t have to rely on shops, cafés or restaurants which don't exist in isolated spots.
     
  • Please do not assume that the information on this site is correct and up to date. At the time of writing, we took care to get things right but things change fast. We tried to avoid risks. A safe walk we did in good weather could be dangerous on another day. We avoided trespassing but not always successfully. Several of our routes accidentally crossed military zones. So far we have not been shot or arrested. We also walked past potentially aggressive bee hives and through fields of bulls. We later discovered they were reared for bull fights. So we do not take any responsibility for your actions. The single greatest and most persistent danger we have faced is road traffic which often can not be avoided.
     
  • Go prepared for bad weather. Extreme cold is not normally a problem on the sea-level walks but in the mountains, it can get decidedly cool. Winter wind and rain are quite common and once we had snow. We often got wet feet. Sub zero night time temperatures are rare but you need to be prepared. We have had coastal gales with a significant chill factor causing us to seek more sheltered paths. Such paths do not always exist so be prepared.
     
  • Go prepared for hot sunny weather. Sun cream, a hat and clothing to shield the sun are all useful. Take care not to get dehydrated. In the hottest weather, a siesta under a shady tree becomes essential.
     
  • Most of the walks were on country lanes. Some were dirt roads and some were on tarmac. We used a few foot paths and rarely went across country. The cross country sections usually put us back on a road after getting slightly lost. These diversions were typically across agricultural fields or through orchards. Some were through or around the side of construction sites. Foot and mule paths tend to fail because they are disused and sections are now overgrown. We are not aware of any Historical Paths Restoration Groups. The car still rules. With rare exceptions, the terrain was not dangerous. The worst risk was, as usual, from road traffic.

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