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.
Paths not shown where they actually are.
A great idea, but there are too many bugs and rough edges at the moment to make it viable.
I want to report problems after a walk but dont seem able to load photos from gallery...surely this should be possible to do.
It doesn't seem possible to upload previously taken photos when reporting a problem. I'd rather do all my reporting /uploading on Wifi from home rather than in the field, but the add photo section just launches the camera rather than allowing me to browse the album.
Never downloaded the maps, so uninstalled it.
So many glitches on it you can't even get past the registering page. Uninstalled it immediately.
In addition to previously reported issues / updates, needs option to store map tiles on SD card rather than always in main memory. A reasonable first effort for the app that needs updating to address the issues before it can be used more widely and, for example, in areas where there is no mobile signal to immediately upload photos.
Installed this app on recommendation, but when I start it, I just get 3 light blue dots flashing against a darker blue background and it goes no further. Please help.
Very good for walkers of a discerning nature who care enough to report issues.
Was very excited hearing about this on radio four this morning. why do you need all my personal information? Did you take users into account at all? Very poorly planned and executed. What a shame.
No problem downloading app or registering, also like the idea of adopting a square to ensure all footpaths are covered. However, I am not comfortable with the limitations on the reporting process, I can only pick predefined symbols that don't really define what the probem is. Also I cannot include photos taken on my phone camera, I only realised when I got home that I had to take photos through the app.
After the slightly overly keen registration process the application appears to work well. I downloaded the maps on my wifi to save mobile data and then was offered the chance to adopt my local square which was correctly located The whole process seemed intuitive. In fact no sooner than I stepped outside the local council turned up and started strimming the area around a stile - probably coincidence - but if the publicity over the project causes an increase in footpath maintenance it can only be good.
The Ramblers need help finding out the state of Britain's footpaths and this app helps achieve this. Do people not realise when you click link with Facebook with other apps it gives others access to your data much more than this app is asking for. It is not everyday you can help a charity and all walkers in the UK by downloading and using an app - do it!
I do a lot of walking, so an app like this is a great idea! I would recommend that there are clearer instructions on how to work your way around the app once you've registered. Not everyone wants to 'adopt a square' (or know what it's for - I'm still not sure..) Finally worked out that 'Find & share' is how you report any issues (or good experiences) you have on your walk. Not used this feature yet, will review rating once I have though!
But implementation could be improved.
This is a great idea, however the app will not allow you to enter data on the submit section (apart from distance).
After some use of this app I've revised my opinion. It works well but its disincentivizing that the app does not keep a list of the squares you have completed. It would really improve the app if the completed squares remained in the 'my squares' screen of the app - perhaps an extra column that says submitted or finished. Its disappointing that when submitting a completed square, by synchronising, the square disappears from your 'my squares' list - this looks like a failure of the app to upload all the pictures and locations gathered and caused much confusion and, initially, to write unfavourable comments about this app. I also discovered by trail and error that you must create a nick name to appear in the leader board. Because I had not it appeared that all the work of taking pictures and getting the right location had been wasted! By allowing the app to list the completed and submitted squares it would be far more incentivising and less confusing. It should also be made MUCH MORE CLEAR that by not having a nick name all submissions will not appear.
Easy to use and adds lots of fun to my walks
Great update! Allows me to download OS maps, report problems and positive features and share on social media. What I like is that the Ramblers charity then take all the information and pass it on to the local authority responsible to encourage problems to be fixed.
Or attempted to be blocked.
Tried several times to download the maps just hangs ; (
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Registered on Windows PC and process seemed easier, but OS maps very out of date and many paths have changed.
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.
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. "
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.