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'Our town IS great for walking' - say those in the know, after Spalding is recorded as one of the least mapped places for rambling




Spalding has been recorded as one of the least popular places for mapping walks - according to a report by the Ordnance Survey.

According to the map makers, the town has one of the lowest number of walks recorded on its online and app mapping system - scoring around as low as the remote Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

'The Happy Wanderers' from Spalding and District U3A, out on a walk. (7797374)
'The Happy Wanderers' from Spalding and District U3A, out on a walk. (7797374)

Rob Andrews, head of communications, for Ordnance Survey said: "On our apps and online are 2.4 million routes which provides a data visualisation of where people in Britain are walking.

"But there are very few areas across Great Britain that have few routes recorded. In Spalding, it seems to be a very quiet location. We do not know why.

"We are seeing a lot of people going to Norfolk and around The Wash but I think it is also to do with sharing where they are visiting.

Spalding and District U3A having a break while on one of their walks. (7797439)
Spalding and District U3A having a break while on one of their walks. (7797439)

"If people are visiting a new area they want to know there are designated routes, places to park at the start and a good pub to end at."

OS Maps was launched in 2015, and routes are added by its users, which also includes runs and cycling routes.

But those who walk in and around Spalding say it doesn't mean we don't have great walks.

"I think that it might be that we're not that tech savvy!" laughed Beryl Brakes, of the Spalding Ramblers.

People can share their walks on the Ordnance Survey online and app mapping system for others to enjoy. (7800349)
People can share their walks on the Ordnance Survey online and app mapping system for others to enjoy. (7800349)

"There are quite a lot of walks in Spalding and we also do walks around the area which we put on our website and on our paper leaflets."

She added that The Ramblers would love to see more younger members joining and for potential new walkers not to worry that they won't be able to 'keep up.'

Beryl said: "We don't go much further than seven miles and will go as fast as the slowest walker - so we alter our pace."

The Spalding and District U3A (University of the Third Age), which is open to people who are retired, or no longer in full-time employment, also has its own walking club for its members.

The Ordnance Survey has analysed the most popular places for mapping walks in Britain from users of its online and app mapping system. (7800351)
The Ordnance Survey has analysed the most popular places for mapping walks in Britain from users of its online and app mapping system. (7800351)

Steve Field, who runs 'The Happy Wanderers' with the U3A, said: "There are three walking groups within the U3A, which cover varying frequencies and distances.

"We normally do our 4-5 mile walk, then change our shoes and buy a drink at the pub, then have lunch and a chat."

There is also a South Holland Walking for Health group that operates in and around the area. Call the Castle Sports Complex on 01775 762178 for more details.

Contact the Spalding Ramblers on 01775 723227 and visit the U3A Spalding and District group's website at: https://u3asites.org.uk/spalding/home

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