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Another walking site using OSM

Posted by ndm on 11 May 2017 in English (English)

Found another walking site using OSM, e.g. shows OSM as a base layer.

Unfortunately, there’s little/no OSM attribution, only Google :-(

Ghost roundabout

Posted by ndm on 22 November 2016 in English (English)

Looks like we need an extra traffic calming type: the ghost roundabout – see

BBC story on boring photos

Posted by ndm on 11 April 2015 in English (English)

Interesting (?) story: “Picture imperfect: Are these Britain’s dullest photos?” – they look positively scintilating compared with some of my snaps from mapping :-)

Does anyone know whether images can be used for OSM?

Cheers, Neil

Mapping stories

Posted by ndm on 28 November 2014 in English (English)

Problems mapping the HOLLYWOOD sign:

The last unmapped places on Earth (with a namecheck to HOT towards the end):

A beautiful new routing metric

Posted by ndm on 18 July 2014 in English (English)

Fictional cartography and trap streets

Posted by ndm on 16 July 2014 in English (English)

Interesting article on fictional cartography and trap streets:

More GPX tracks, etc.

Posted by ndm on 1 May 2014 in English (English)

Hadn’t noted this before, but seems to show some useful GPX tracks - I’ll try to use it for spotting missing footpaths, etc:

Constant (re)mapping

Posted by ndm on 1 November 2013 in English (English)

The local area’s pretty much mapped near me – so I was interested when I saw the new project for mozilla

Just on a couple of walks I’ve spotted new features that I need to add to OSM – which shows why it’s good to remap.

Now if only there was one application that could do both…

BBC story: ancient hill fort mapping

Posted by ndm on 8 July 2013 in English (English)

Volunteer army drafted to map every (UK) ancient hill fort – perhaps they should’ve asked OSM?

BBC asks 7 questions on street names

Posted by ndm on 21 March 2013 in English (English)

I haven’t checked how well OSM does, but here’s the link if you want to:

Free Street Art Trail and Central Bristol Map

Posted by ndm on 31 October 2012 in English (English)

Locate Banksy and others’ artistic achievements – and using OpenStreetMap data too – checkout the attribution (bottom right of PDF).

Bristol Triangular CIty Walk

Posted by ndm on 24 August 2012 in English (English)

Have added the Bristol Triangular City Walk ( to OSM as – a bit of a marathon editting session and had to repeat it after filling the GPS memory.

There are quite a few arrow stickers about near the city centre, but the website directions help a lot.

A nice fairly quiet ramble through the city taking in some of the less obvious areas but some nice viewpoints – recommended.

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession

Posted by ndm on 5 March 2011 in English (English)

Briliant BBC4 series -- missed the first one -- but the second is available on iPlayer (

The last episode is at 20:00 on BBC4 on Thursday March 3.

Wikipedia:fr edits

Posted by ndm on 9 September 2009 in English (English)

Looks like there's been a lot of wikipedia:fr based edits from -- is this now ok?

[Don't have access to mailing list atm]

Found another OSM article

Posted by ndm on 5 October 2008 in English (English)

Royal County of Berkshire Show

Posted by ndm on 21 September 2008 in English (English)

Spent a glorious Saturday cycling to the Newbury Showground for the Royal County of Berkshire Show.

There's now some better connectivity to the showground via Hermitage -- and I've marked "the paths untrodden". The service roads for the showground have also been marked.

It was interesting that some of the previous OSM road names seemed to be more a vague description, than the actual road name -- luckily I've found the signposted names.

If anyone wants a fun cycle I recommend the lanes near Bucklebury -- some hills but nothing too steep.

Plus, I seem to have foun the countryside equivalent of the "Living Street" -- the "Quiet Lane".

Location: Chieveley, West Berkshire, South East, England, United Kingdom

Basingstoke to Alton -- a near miss

Posted by ndm on 29 June 2008 in English (English)

Set off to cycle from north of Basingstoke to Alton on NCN23 -- unfortunately, I ran out of signs (and time) on the outskirts of Medstead -- but hopefully, there's a reasonable start made to tag this extra branch (plus a bit of a cleanup and a few more POIs, etc.).

Location: Chawton, East Hampshire, Hampshire, South East, England, United Kingdom

A Bridleway Too Far...

Posted by ndm on 30 March 2008 in English (English)

It was going so well, the sun was shining and I was finally adding in a couple of annoyingly missing residential roads, and mapping a few footpaths, etc.

Then I took a bridleway too far. I'm not sure quite how I should map it "surface = swamp" doesn't really express the 2 foot depth of wellington sucking mud. Unfortunately, about halfway I stopped making forward progress, and gently keeled over sideways into the quagmire. Fingers crossed that the phone and GPS logger have survived their unforeseen dunking. It's the first time I've had to prewash clothes with the garden hose :-)

Location: Inhurst, Baughurst, Basingstoke and Deane, Hampshire, South East, England, RG26 5NN, United Kingdom

SW Basingstoke and Kingsclere

Posted by ndm on 18 March 2008 in English (English)

Finally Basingstoke Town FC are on the map :-)

Added a couple more roads and footpaths -- have been making steady progress in SW Basingstoke over my lunch hours :-)

First time I've been "robustly challenged" while mapping -- apparently I looked suspicious -- which I guess is likely when you're wandering round cul-de-sacs (wearing a baseball cap).

Unfortunately, I had to delete some "experimentation" that seems to have happened near Basingstoke station -- luckily only a few untagged zigzag ways, a spare point or two and a moved point on a footpath -- only spotted it when I switched on MapLint. Similarly, it looks like a nice long road I'd added in Kingsclere has been deleted and re-added in a new "colour" -- unfortunately, the side roads weren't reconnected onto it. I hope I've remedied the situation to everyone's satisfaction, if not -- drop me a mail on here.

Location: South Ham, Basingstoke, Hampshire, South East, England, RG22 6RE, United Kingdom

Central Basingstoke

Posted by ndm on 2 December 2007 in English (English)

Saturday, warmed up for a bout of Christmas shopping by mapping a gap in national cycle route 23 through the centre of Basingstoke -- and then adding (a first draft) of some of Basingstoke's pedestrianised shopping areas.

Location: South View, Oakridge, Basingstoke, Hampshire, South East, England, RG21 5PT, United Kingdom