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Walkers 'relying solely on gadgets to navigate hills'

Posted 23 February 2012
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Walkers 'relying solely on gadgets to navigate hills'
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Ramblers who like to go walking in the Peak District have been encouraged to use Ordnance Survey maps and a compass to find their way around.

While many walkers may remember to take waterproof jackets and strong walking boots, officials are becoming concerned that visitors are depending exclusively on electronic maps to navigate the region's hills, the Telegraph reports.

Andy Farmer from the national park's ranger service acknowledged that a walking GPS can often be a useful tool for ramblers, but stated that they should not be relied upon too heavily.

Mr Farmer said this is because they can sometimes be useless if there is a poor signal or reception.

"We are aware that there have been issues where people have relied upon mobile phone applications or GPS handsets and have got lost," he commented.

Similar concerns were recently raised by Ellis Butcher of Cumbria Tourism, who said visitors to the Lake District cannot regard a mobile phone as a "get out of jail free card" if they get stuck on the fells.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801300568-ADNFCR