Detailed recommendations for a walk to be published
Here is a more detailed version of our recommendations for a walk to be published. This version is mainly for use by the moderators, but you can also use it if you would like to help us as best possible.
Above all, please read some existing walk sheets to understand these recommendations.
- Please ensure you are the author of the information you enter or have the author’s explicit permission to publish it on the Hikideas website and our network of partner sites. We pay careful attention to copyright and do not accept unauthorized copies.
- If you are writing the description of the walk, you must have been on this walk yourself. Relying solely on a map to write a description can be misleading: maps do not always represent the land exactly as it is.
- Check that the walk you are submitting does not already exist on Hikideas. To do this, you can carry out a search of the walks in the area, or plot out your walk and see if the software indicates that it is a duplicate (this will be indicated at the top of your walk sheet).
- Do not submit walks that go through private property to which access is not permitted.
- Do not submit walks that go along paths to which access is permanently prohibited by law.
- And above all, remember to re-read your walk!
Plotting the route
- Plot out your route as far as possible against a background map with the walking planner. If you recorded your route with a smartphone, the GPS readings can sometimes be a little off track, especially in forests. Check out our advice for recording an accurate track with the Hikideas application.
- If your route comes from a GPS track, please refine it: remove any deviations, picnic breaks, toilet breaks, etc. In most cases, 1 point every 50m is more than sufficient: including more points only complicates reading and can overload our servers and hikers’ devices.
- The title of your walk should be short, precise, and make the reader want to find out more. For example, you can emphasize the goal or interest of the walk.
- Only use capital letters at the start of the title or for proper names.
- Do not add a full stop at the end of the title.
- Do not state “walk” or “hike” in the title.
- Do not start your title with the name of the region or area.
- If it is a stage of a hike that lasts several days, you can write a title in the following form: 'From point A to point B'. However, do not specify the number of the stage.
- Your introduction should consist of a few sentences that will make the reader want to do the walk. It could indicate the main interest or goal of the walk.
- Do not put any links in the introduction.
- Do not indicate the distance, altitude, duration, or other data which will be automatically added by Hikideas
Details to include
- Your description should indicate the directions to follow, changes in direction, and any landmarks so that the walker can easily follow the route.
- It must match the track plotted out on the map: everything that is plotted out must be included in the description, and everything that is included in the description must be plotted out. This means that variations to the route can be indicated, but only in the useful information section to avoid creating confusion.
- Remember to specify the departure point, how to get there, and where it is possible to park.
- If some parts of the route do not follow a path (footpath, track, road, etc.) that is visible on the map, specify it. The map may not be up to date.
- The spelling of place names should correspond to those indicated on signposts along the walk and on the map. If the spelling seen along the walk is different to the spelling used on the map, please specify it to avoid a moderator making unnecessary changes based on the map alone.
- Focus above all on indicating elements that the walker must follow and if necessary supplement with counter-indications (what not to do).
- Write using full sentences, if possible keeping them short, and pay attention to grammar and spelling. Remember to use the spell checker available in your browser.
- Make sure that verb tenses and the subject are consistent: choose one form and use it throughout the whole description.
- Do not use abbreviations.
- Only use capital letters at the start of a sentence and for proper names.
- Keep units in the singular form.
- Use capitals for street and road names...
- Use a capital letter for the colour of any waymarks, e.g. “Yellow”.
- Check the layout and any links you have inserted.
- For better clarity and consistency, put the numbers of the waypoints at the start of each paragraph wherever possible. In certain cases, however (especially for crossing points related to POIs), it may be preferable to put a waypoint in the middle of a paragraph to avoid jumping too many lines.
- Use the same annotations for the departure and arrival points as on the map. If your walk returns back to the departure point, use (D/A), otherwise use (D) and (A).
- Do not add any spaces between numbers and units in order to avoid the text going onto a new line, which would make reading more difficult.
- If you add a waypoint at the end of a paragraph, attach it to the last word (no spaces) for the same reason as above.
- Always add a space after a punctuation mark, but not before.
- Do not use any smileys.
- Do not use more than one exclamation mark in a row.
- A waypoint can indicate a change of direction, a junction, a point of interest, or a landmark.
- Space out your waypoints as regularly as possible. Do not concentrate too many waypoints over the same portion of route, or it will become difficult to read.
- Remember to label your waypoints.
- The labelling of the waypoints can be in the form: description - direction. E.g. Bridge – turn right.
- The wording of the waypoint should only involve indications and not counter-indications.
- Use a capital letter for the first word of the waypoint.
- whether any specific equipment is required;
- provisions available along the route (e.g. drinking water);
- any prohibitions or dangers according to the period (hunting, fires, winter snow in the mountains, etc.).
We also recommend you include specific warnings, such as:
- vertiginous section;
- difficult orientation;
- crossing or following roads;
You can also mention any variants to the walk: short cuts, ways to extend the walk, etc.
During the walk or to do/see around
In this section you can mention anything that walkers can do or see during the walk and provide information that would have overloaded the description. However, try to stay relatively concise.
You can also add external links in this section to indicate other sources of information for the hiker.
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Article under Creative Commons licence - Updated on 30/09/19
Created and updated by visorando