Some members of the ViewRanger team were asked to share their Christmas plans and the routes they plan to walk during the holiday break:
Craig - Co-founder & CEO
"Whilst spending Christmas Day itself in Cambridgeshire, I shall be getting out and enjoying the winter countryside in Dorset and in Derbyshire. I shall be heading to North Dorset to visit family and we always get out for at least one walk when we are together. I’m sure that it was partly my mother’s insistence that we went for a walk over Christmas that helped lead, many years later, to my co-founding ViewRanger! This year I have picked two contrasting walks for the family to choose between: One that explores Fonthill Estate near the village of Fonthill Bishop, published by ViewRanger user Gareth Jones, and the other a coastal walk that takes in Studland and Old Harry rocks, from Walkingworld. No doubt, my mother will have the route downloaded into ViewRanger on her phone but will also print the PDF route card out for reference by my father.
I’m also spending a few days in the Peak District, just south of Bakewell in the lovely rural village of Elton. Being almost 1000 feet above sea level, it enjoys panoramic views over the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales. One of the walking routes I’ve picked takes in Robin Hood’s Stride – an imposing gritstone tor that looks spectacular in the winter sunlight when viewed from Elton. The other route explores the famous Chatsworth Estate, which will feature in the BBC Christmas drama “Death Comes to Pemberley”. Both walks have been created by Nick Beecroft who has published a number of interesting looking walks in and around the Peak District."
Mike - Co-founder & CTO
"I'll be staying in Cambridge this Christmas, so I can answer any support queries while the rest of the team are away. Weather allowing I'll go to St Ives, for a walk through the meadows and along the river to the bird reserve. And here are a longer and a shorter version."
Russell - Technical Support
"I'll be down with my family in Dorset for Christmas, and this route is one I've done a few times over the years. But this will be the first time with a baby! There is a great pub in the village that always gets into the festive spirit!
Dinesh - Research & Development
"During the festive break, we are likely to have family and friends visiting. Whenever there is a dull moment or if the guests feel like venturing out, I usually suggest the Windsor & Eton walk.
My parents are based in Langley/Berkshire near the historic town of Windsor/Eton. Hence, an afternoon walk can be very interesting and relaxing. The grounds Eton College and Windsor Castle are kept very presentable. The river Thames also meanders through this area, creating effortless scenes of natural beauty. There is also an element of native wildlife, in their ecological habitat. Graceful swans, ducks coots and moorhens live along the banks of the river. Windsor great park offers a great opportunity to spot foxes, rabbits, hedgehogs and deer. There are lots of Roe and a few Muntjac deer in the great park, however they all belong to the queen!"
David - Research & Development
"I am Spanish and although I'm from Ciudad Real I'll be spending Christmas in Lanzarote with my family. This Christmas will be different because I will take an English friend with me so it is going to be a bilingual Christmas! I'm very exited to see my family trying to speak English! Given the good weather over there, I love running on the path by the beach. For this reason I want to share with you all the route I will take everyday, legs permitting!"
Philippa- Research & Development
"I will be staying at home near Cambridge this Christmas time with my family, and this is a route in Milton Country Park that I'm sure we'll walk during our holiday."
"I'll be spending Christmas at home in Suffolk this year and given I love mountain-biking, I'll probably sneak out for a quick blast around Thetford Forest, Norfolk on Boxing day.
Although the Trails at Thetford are quite flat in comparison to the Peak District, there probably the best trails in East Anglia (leave me a comment if you think you know a better trail). I'll be finishing my ride off with a mince pie and some sort of isotonic concoction (otherwise known as whisky)."
Emily - Marketing
"Being half Spanish I always go to Cádiz, Spain, for Christmas and we have a family tradition of having Christmas day lunch as a picnic at the top of a hill (I'm not joking! But remember the important meal in Spain is actually on Christmas Eve). We get up at about 6am, drive for about 2 hours to the Sierra de Grazalema, and set off up a hill while the sun is coming up. Last year we did a walk from the village of Grazalema to the top of El Reloj, and back. The views from the top were spectacular.
It definitely beats the Christmas boredom! You should try it!"