6 Using the Skeleton gpx files

How to use the 'skeleton' gpx file to create your route and route card

Set up eDofE Mapping with Ordnance Survey (OS)

Everyone should start by creating or renewing an OS account.

https://see-expeditions.org.uk/edofe-mapping/

You should also read through the other help files linked from there, before you start.

Work as a team – the Walking Group

Each group should choose a team name.  Do this quickly on chat, so that you can use the name with your files.  I have used ‘Cabbages’ in my example, but I don’t really expect anybody will want to use that …

Everyone has to be involved, and will have to go over all three days.  However, it may be easier if you divide up the days so 2/3 people are working to prepare one day each.  You can then get the whole group together and agree on each day.  If people can meet in person, that’s great, but most groups you will probably decide to work online using Zoom or whatever.

For each day, decide who is going to create the route you will work on together – let’s call them the (file) Keeper.

Create the file

To create the route for their day, the Keeper will upload the skeleton gpx file for that day.

https://help.edofe.org/hc/en-gb/articles/4778528944413-How-do-I-import-export-a-GPX-file

Once you have created the route using the gpx file, you save it.  I suggest you then ‘Duplicate file’ with a different name, like ‘2024 GP D1 Cabbages’.  You then select ‘Modify file’ and you start working on the file ending with your name rather than the one called Skeleton.

Agree on the route

Each day shows the start, finish, and some key points of the route, which you should not change.  Some sections of the route are joined by a straight line, which would definitely not be a good way to go.  You have to modify it to follow the best route for you to walk.  To do this, you will plot extra points.  You can use ‘Snap’ if you like, but you have to check it has selected a good route for you.  Keep saving your changes – it is not automatic.

Tip: The blue line hides details on the map.  You can click on ‘Style’ and change the transparency to 90%, which allows you to see properly, and change it back later.

Checkpoints – ‘Key Waypoints’

The original checkpoints from the skeleton file will be listed on the left (white) pane.  If you click on one, the point will be marked by a white dot on the map.  You will see in the left pane that it has a name (default is the Grid reference) and some text eg “Go into tunnel”.  You should create extra checkpoints on your route at key points you must pass and where you will know exactly what to do.  To do this, click on one of the new blue dots on your route and choose ‘Edit’.  You should enter a name (you can add to the grid reference eg “NT 123 456 Top of Garlieston Hill”) and some detail text (eg “Walk South along ridge”).  If you do not enter detail and save, it will not show up.

See https://help.edofe.org/hc/en-gb/articles/4733205944605-How-do-I-create-edit-checkpoints

Your route card

See https://help.edofe.org/hc/en-gb/articles/4759019726749-How-do-I-create-edit-my-route-card

The key thing you need to understand is that you edit your route card in eDofE, but not the actual route, which you must edit in OS Mapping.  This means that to change the position or name of a Checkpoint, or modify the text for it, you have to go into OS Mapping, save, then go back to eDofE and ‘Refresh’ your maps.

Sharing routes and route cards

The Keeper should open the file in OS Mapping and choose ‘Export as gpx’.  They should send that file to the others in their group, who can open it in OS Mapping.  They can also print it as a pdf file and send that to the others to view.  The route card can also be printed as a pdf.