Simple Online GPX Viewer
If you haven’t noticed already, the routes that I post on my website here all contain a link to a GPX file at the foot of the article. A GPX file is kind of a route in digital format and contains waypoints, tracks, and routes. On their own, they’re not particularly useful but with a piece of software that enables you to view them eg. an app on your smartphone, they can be invaluable when hiking.
I have recently come across a very handy website that allows you to quickly upload a GPX file to view it in your browser on an Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map. There are other sites that can do this, but this one stands out due to it’s simplicity and speed. The address is http://www.osola.org.uk/rides/gpsuploader.htm.
Going to this site brings you to a screen as in the above picture. All you need to do is click the ‘Choose File’ button, then browse for the GPX file that you have downloaded from this site. Once you have found and selected the file, click on the ‘Show me my map’ button and your map and route will appear as below.
And that’s it. How easy was that!
Of course the files are much more useful when used in conjunction with a smartphone and GPS mapping software, but I’ll write about that in more detail in a future post.