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Step-by-Step Instructions

This method of adding a route provides a table for you to fill in, where each instruction appears on a new line. These instructions should aim to describe each step along the way in enough detail so that someone can easily follow your route without necessarily looking at a map.

Once your route has been added, the website automatically creates a choice of printable route-sheets in more or less abbreviated formats.

The rest of this page describes what you should put in each entry box, so that the final printed route-sheets will be concise and easy to use. Concise instructions are quicker to read on the move and involves the use of abbreviations, such as L and R for left and right. Abbreviations become a problem if we all use different ones, so please try to stick to our list of Recommended Abbreviations.

Be aware that you can use these instructions for both off- and on-road routes or a combination of the two.

Column 1 ~ Location (optional) of “Where you are”

This is optional but enables an attractive map of your route to be automatically created, plus a trail of waypoints that can be followed with a GPS, so it’s worth doing despite being time consuming. (You can always go back to it sometime in the future and add the map locations.)

To set the Location you can type in a place name, a postcode, a grid reference, even latitude and longitude, or simply use the Map button. (See the Specifying Locations help page for more information.) Once set, the geographical coordinates are shown in the format chosen on the Settings page.

When you begin to add a new route, the Location of the first instruction is presumed to be the Start, which you will have already provided. So the coordinates of instruction number 1 will already be in its Location box. If you think that this might not be precise enough, you can overtype the actual grid reference etc., or use the Map button to exactly locate the start point.

The ‘off route’ box can be ticked to identify a Location not strictly on the route, e.g. a café, viewpoint or other place of interest, that people following your route may wish to divert to.

Column 2 ~ Distance

Put here the distance covered (if known) from the start point of the route, ie, the accumulated distance. (The distance of instruction number 1, the start, will already be filled in as: 0.0).

Click on the distance units in the column heading to change from miles to kilometres and back.

Column 3 ~ Where you are (place name / landmark)

Put here both the name of the place, as it might be marked on a map, AND / OR a Landmark, which describes more exactly where you are. If you are in a small village of course, there may be no need to state anything more than the name of the village. And if you are in the middle of nowhere, the best you can do if give some sort of landmark.

The “Where you are” of instruction number 1 will already have the place name you specified for the Start. Edit that if necessary to provide more precision, e.g. “Ambridge” becomes: “Ambridge village hall”.

Some more examples using recommended abbreviations:

Column 4 ~ What you do (Instruction)

Put here what to do at this location.

Some examples:

Column 5 ~ On what (road name / number)

This is the name and/or number, or description of the road, track or path you are leaving this location upon.

Some examples:

Column 6 ~ To where

This is what the road leads towards, either a placename or something that appears on a signpost.

Note: where the next objective is signposted, insert ‘SP’ before the place name.