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simon3
2014-05-22 09:41:06
"Path under trees with orange colouring." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: Path under trees with orange colouring. (Contract pics)

Request from Ordnance Survey for hints.
Currently OSi are working on 1:25,000 mapping for the Dublin Mountains/ Wicklow area. They are proposing 3 double sided maps covering the area. They have taken on board comments made over the years about the accuracy of the 1:50,000 maps in some respects. So for example they are planning to improve forest track coverage.

The way they are doing this starts with air-photography. With high quality coverage much of the mapping can be at least started using this method. However they are very much looking for suggestions or hints from MountainViews members (and anyone else) for assistance in clarifying detail.

They are prepared to put in well established paths some of which are not so obvious, for example those in forests perhaps not on the main driveable forest roads.

MountainViews has a growing repository of GPS tracks created by walkers and OSi is interested in using information from these. Of course, tracks shared on MountainViews are a record of where people went, not necessarily on publishable paths. There has never been any suggestion from MV that raw GPS tracks are directly and immediately useful. Nevertheless in the words from OSi ".. if members of Mountainviews could provide links as per the Camaderry example below it would assist Osi to drive us to areas that require clarity of track and trails .."

So what is required is references to tracks in the Dublin Mountains/ Wicklow area with descriptions of relevant sections of interest. Comments could mention interesting sections like the path below or pieces of GPS track that confirm forest roads.

Camaderry Example You can approach Camaderry from the east and there is a handy little shortcut near the start through trees. Take a look at http://mountainviews.ie/track/2087/ The shortcut starts at about T11573 97371 and joins a forest road at around T11764 97060 (Incidentally, this path is shown on Open Street Map). It would probably be invisible from air photos.

So we are looking for volunteers to comment on GPS tracks. You can send information in to us (group@mountainviews.ie) and we will forward it to OSi.

For the above example, the information required would say

Location: Eastern approaches to Camaderry.
Feature: Walking only path through trees from around T11573 97371 joining a forest road at around T11764 97060.
MV Track illustrating the route: http://mountainviews.ie/track/2087/

Note: The Ordnance Survey of course take responsibility for what they put on maps, however anything we provide should be accurate.
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