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MikeCheryl
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Considering GPS

Postby MikeCheryl » Wed Apr 16, 2014 15:37 pm

Hi

Well that was a long winter!
Hope everyone survived ok :)

Some might recall that I asked about a GPS for our occasional off road trips here in the UK.
I've been looking at a Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS System however it looks like you have to buy a UK fine scale map and that makes it very expensive.
We don't have smart phones so do want a dedicated unit.
Last year we headed off to a local woodland and got lost LOL it would have been handy to see where we were and see the tracks that were available and which direction to go.
At the same time we'd like to see roads and cycle paths.

What is there out there that might do all these things without costing a small fortune?

Thanks

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Re: Considering GPS

Postby njee20 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 16:00 pm

The trouble is that the vast majority of paths one cycles on are not legal rights of way - they're just paths. But not classified bridleways etc, therefore they won't be marked on maps, so you can spend on the most detailed OS maps you want, but they still won't actually show the paths you're on.

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Re: Considering GPS

Postby lostboysaint » Wed Apr 16, 2014 16:02 pm

That.
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MikeCheryl
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Re: Considering GPS

Postby MikeCheryl » Wed Apr 16, 2014 16:37 pm

Is there anything like a live Google earth, then you could see where you were?

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Re: Considering GPS

Postby freezing77 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 17:20 pm

MikeCheryl wrote:Hi

Well that was a long winter!
Hope everyone survived ok :)

Some might recall that I asked about a GPS for our occasional off road trips here in the UK.
I've been looking at a Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS System however it looks like you have to buy a UK fine scale map and that makes it very expensive.
We don't have smart phones so do want a dedicated unit.
Last year we headed off to a local woodland and got lost LOL it would have been handy to see where we were and see the tracks that were available and which direction to go.
At the same time we'd like to see roads and cycle paths.

What is there out there that might do all these things without costing a small fortune?

Thanks


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Re: Considering GPS

Postby miceden » Fri Apr 18, 2014 09:31 am

You don't have to buy the maps, plenty of free ones you can put onto garmins.... any particular reason why you're inclined to the dakota rather than the edge?

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Re: Considering GPS

Postby MikeCheryl » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:10 am

Hi, sounds interesting, no I am happy to look at any brand?


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