1) Can only upload photos when taking, not afterwards. 2) Once the app has been synced you can't record features or upload photos via the web site, even after signing out of the app. 3) No facility to add a note if the feature does not exactly match one of the pre-set categories and/or can't readily be shown on a photo. 4) Cancelling when you have started to record a feature seems to dump you back at the top level so you have to select the square and enter recruited mode again.
I think that this is a great idea. However there are a number of design flaws or oversights in the way the app collects data. Firstly, the questions that are asked when completing a square assume you have completed it in one walk and are nonsensical if you have completed the squares over a number of walks, which is almost certainly the case when there are two paths in the same square that don't intersect. Secondly, on the app you cannot upload photos from gallery that you have taken on your walk.
Nice, easy to use app that makes it easy to take part in and enjoy a worthwhile campaign. Lovely to be able to discover paths and routes in my local area so easily
Registration process is impossible. Gave up in frustration. Good idea. Bad implementation.
It was a bit clunky to use. To look properly at your map square you had to pretend you were going in to add a feature. At first, I took photos on my camera and tried to add them to the website but it will only let you post photos then and there taken with your phone which is a bit of a nightmare when you're in bright daylight and can't really see clearly what's on the screen. Some of my photos may be a bit crap because of this. Couldn't tell what was going on. When you'd completed a square the compulsory questions didn't make sense. "how long was the path". Well, there are six paths in this square which I've walked, so which one or are you talking about how long my walk today which went over 8 squares was? Or is it the path length when the path covered three squares? As each grid square is a kilometre square then I ended up saying 1 kilometre most of the time. I'd like to look at the photos I took, but there doesn't seem to be a way of doing that now I've completed the squares. The GPS thingy kept defaulting to telling me I was in Whaley Bridge. It wasn't the phone's fault as google maps knew just where I was.
I love the idea of this but I can't register, it just gives me an empty screen. I really want to join in too. Please help.
I think the big path watch is a fantastic idea and I was really looking forward to recording the features of my walks both positive and negative. The mobile app however is impossible to use on my HTC One M9. It just doesn't work. Every feature I add defaults back to intimidating after being accepted. There is no way to go back and edit features you have already added although you can see them pinpointed on the map. Then when I try to complete a square I cannot answer any of the questions given because the drop down menus do not work. Really disappointed with this especially after it being touted on countryfile.
The map location feature is very useful for following the route, but when I record a feature and take a photo it exits the app without saving anything. Ill try a phone instead.
I would echo views re the inability to add photos/comments after a walk in the app which I would prefer. Also it doesn't seem possible to add comments about where, for example, a path follows a different (modified) route to that shown on the map which I'd have thought was one of the most important aspects. In other respects OK.
I love the idea of this but it has wiped my updates on more than one occasion now. I wish this worked better but it's just so hard to use!
Tried to use app. It says it's downloading maps but it doesn't and Ramblers ignore your emails. Save yourself the trouble and use web version.
Problems adding photos later.
Interface to submit completed squares is broken, non interactive, on Android 5.1.1.
Not user friendly. Would not accept my email address as valid. Used a different one to register and when I tried to log in it told me the password was wrong. Tried to reset password and it came up with 'technical error, try again later'. Don't think I'll bother
Thanks to Jess for the advice given previously. Having made considerable use of the latest version, I would say that it is a nifty piece of work by the app developers. Instructions could have been clearer, though - at first, I didn't realise that you had to log in to the website to check for completed squares.
Good app but needs some improvements. My squares could do with a view on map option. In the current list format you have to guess which one you want to update. Also after syncing I'm still seeing the squares I've completed on my list. I would have thought they would have been removed. I sometimes find the GPS location doesn't locate me at all or gives an incorrect location about 10 miles away. The Leaderboard doesn't show my stats at all.
Love the idea, but the app is unusable. Can't complete a square, and when i recorded that the path was overgrown, it changed it to intimidating!
Had an issue with the app before, but they've updated it and I'm really happy with how it works now. Thanks guys!
App will not let me select fields to complete the form
I find it easier to work from the desktop version which is error free. The log in is still frustrating though.
Does the job, but could do with showing which squares others have already completed to save duplication and wasted effort.
I like the idea of reporting issues on paths BUT why do we adopt a square? Why not just ask us to report an issue on a particular path we're using and take a map ref from gps? Also, why the long registration process and download? Sorry - won't be getting data from me - will be deleting. Great idea - really poorly executed.
To all the miseries reviewing the "adopt a square", please try READING the FAQ! "If you don't want to commit to surveying an entire grid square you can use the 'Find and Share' feature on the app, which will allows you to tell us about any problems or positive things you come across on any path. We won't use the findings from 'Find and Share' in our Big Pathwatch analysis, however we will make sure that any problems you report to us get passed on to the relevant local authority. "
Once you get past the tedious registration the app seems pretty good. Should come in handy next time I run into a problem out on a walk. Seems pretty easy to use too.
Registered on Windows PC and process seemed easier, but OS maps very out of date and many paths have changed.
As this app is purportedly concerned with reporting the state of paths, I assumed at the outset that the "features" would be paths. In fact, the app doesn't ask about the paths, just "features" on them. So I am at a loss to know how to report the 75% of agricultural paths that are faultless but featureless, within the strict terms that the app specifies. If I report nothing, the app asks me to confirm that there are no paths in the square.
Your registration process is far too intrusive: you don't need my address and you certainly don't need my date of birth! Not possible to turn the app off or use in landscape mode. So many issues - you've lost me before I've been able to try it.
The app had no way of checking your details. Own YOUR data! I enjoyed giving my address as "45 Don't be Nosy Road". I never give anyone my real date of birth. I have an alternate that I use. Thought my postcode might be relevant so gave that. Login is simply email and password, I don't see how anything else is relevant to a digital survey.
Could do with (more obvious?) notice that you must follow link in email to complete registration before you can log in. Was quick. Got full OS maps, which is great. App fine so far, but not tried reporting tool yet. The adopt a square bit seems a bit odd, but maybe, as councils are strapped for cash, it'll evolve on to a way to enable collaboration between mutual adopters to fix it themselves. Or does the 'leaderboard' signify exclusivity? Hmm. But, full (and apparently licensed) OS maps in my pocket, yay!
Poor. App needs review and redesign. I'm not a rambler but last week I went for a walk in my local countryside and I was appalled by the state of the footpaths. The entrances to two of them were overgrown with nettles and weeds and were unpassable. The third started off well but the path was overgrown half way across and I had to turn back. I was determined to do something about it and so when I heard about this app I was delighted. I downloaded the app on by Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The registration process took too long and was difficult to complete - it asked for my address but I couldn't see a box where I could enter the address. I gave up trying. Like the other reviewers I don't understand why I need to register and give my personal details including my date of birth. These are irrelevant. Other similar apps I have used don't require registration. This app is a great idea but was poorly designed and implemented.
The video on the website goes on about reporting issues with paths. After asking for a lot of details to register (why? Most people will have given up when it starts asking for all that) the app opens, downloads 70MB of map data and presents me with a screen that mentions nothing about reporting map issues. Just about adopting squares, what's that all about? It doesn't seem to be explained anywhere. So is overly complicated and won't achieve it's aim due to registration and app issues
I don't understand why so many people have a problem with the adopting a square function. I think this feature is a sign that this pathway survey has been well thought out as it allows you to segment off a target area to check and report on. Any detailed survey uses this method so that you know a thorough, proper job and coverage has been done. If you don't like the adopt feature and just want to record random observations then use the 'Find and Share' function which allows you to do this without adopting a square. Clearly those complaining about the adopt function haven't explored the app properly. I think this is a brilliant idea and so pleased they created an app for it. Looking forward to using this a lot as I know many pathways around my area that aren't being properly maintained.
Ignoring the reg process & have just got back from a circular 10 squares walk. I was using a Samsung smartphone, recording a positive feature and adding a photo did not seem to register & my phone hasn't stored the photo (where is it?) Is the feature logged or not? I stopped taking photos on the app and just logged the feature. I took photos too but can't upload them at home. Completing squares you have to say how long the walk is some squares were less than 1km but can't log that, so rounding up/down!
Asks for email and password, which is fine, but then goes to the Ramblers website where you have to enter your name, address and date of birth before the App can be used. I am a keen walker and wanted to take part, but I can see no reason why they need my personal details. I will be uninstalling.
Been thinking about this concept for while. Good implementation. Would be really nice to see others comments/suggestions. I want to be able to see if I can't talk a path because its blocked or impassable. Seems like ideal tool for that. Also would be good to be able to leave comments to add detail if no photo available. I'll tend to report when I get home.
Hopelessly complicated to set up, not helped by the fact that the Ramblers website is confusing. Registering sends you round in a closed loop that goes nowhere. The login that works on the website does not work on the app. Never got to anything that looked like Pathwatch. Maybe they need to recruit some professional app writers
If you ask for too much information in registration you'll get rubbish data DOB 01/01/1900. Integration with sign up and app itself is clunky. Mapping download happens straight away, poor for unaware users on mobile data (+60mb). App doesn't seem to have any informative mapping apart from an OS layer. No explanation of adopting a square. What do I do if I don't want to? Also the app overrides your decision to not receive emails. Data privacy issues. Just needs some hard thinking about.
Frustrating to register and to download. Took an hour in total. Then found you have to "adopt" a square. Can't see me doing that. I just want a way of recording a feature on route.