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The Patrician

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  1. Video tutorial here: http://www.scarletfire.co.uk/2012/01/tutorial-how-to-install-free-osm-maps-to-your-garmin-edge-800/
  2. Head torch in one pocket, Swiss army knife and dog lead in other pocket, GPS and pen in belt pouch - that's the lot unless the cache is really in the wilds.
  3. From the NFU: https://www.nfuonline.com/business/farm-safety/livestock-and-rights-of-way--reducing-the-risk/ http://tinyurl.com/opr5fmu "When walking with dogs in fields with cattle, the advice is to avoid getting between cows and their calves; to keep your dog under close and effective control on a lead around cows and sheep, but not to hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle - let it go and allow the dog to run to safety. This offers the best chance of a safe outcome to both you and your dog. If you feel threatened by animals protecting their territory or young, do not run. Move to the edge of the field and, if possible, find another way round."
  4. The Telegraph reports: "Cows attack nurse on treasure hunt - Sarah Leonard was taking part in a treasure hunt using GPS technology when she was trampled by a herd of cows in Lincolnshire" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/10466968/Cows-attack-nurse-on-treasure-hunt.html http://tinyurl.com/n827jnz If I had to guess I'd say she'd kept her dog on a lead - always let them off around cows! Edit - sorry about the speling mistale in the titll - can it be changed?
  5. There is a rather antiquated discussion on this forum here: http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=159133&st=0&p=2779730&hl=entrance%20charge&fromsearch=1entry2779730 The answer appears to be "Perhaps". No doubt a reviewer will be along soon with a more definitive answer.
  6. There's some good info on coordinate systems here: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/support/guide-coordinate-systems-great-britain.pdf http://tinyurl.com/ow5ewur See Page 4 for some of the differences in position Andy mentions above.
  7. A bit of a long shot but if you've got the serial numbers for the GPS you could try: https://www.immobilise.com/index.php "Immobilise is also the only ownership registration service supported by all UK Police forces, the Greater London Authority, and the Mobile Phone Industry." If anyone tries to flog it the database may re-unite you.
  8. I see the OP is using an Etrex 20 which I think has various profiles which can be used. I've got my GPS62 set with profiles for walking (OSGB so that it matches my maps) and lat & long for geocaching purposes. It's only a couple of button presses to switch between the two. Apologies if this has been mentioned further up the thread, I haven't waded through it all!
  9. In Malvern we're less one young jackdaw in our garden, the local sparrowhawk nailed him on our back lawn the other day. Plenty of rabbits, kestrels, buzzards, oh, and The Eleven O'Clock Fox who we see crossing the road when we're on the way home from the pub. In winter he's the Nine O'Clock Fox who we see on the way to the pub. We had a peacock on the garden shed the other week but I don't suppose that counts as wildlife. Owls hooting, muntjac deer on the golf course the other morning, a common lizard in our kitchen sink last year and a slow worm found while cutting the grass. The local rat used to climb our bird feeder until two weeks ago when some bastard decided to poison him, now the squirrels have it to themselves. There were quite a few glow worms about last year but I haven't spotted any so far this year.
  10. Could the wrong datum be in use? Should be OSGB for OS refs. WGS84 for lat & long. The difference is about 120 metres from memory. Edit from Wikipedia: "Datum shift between OSGB 36 and WGS 84 The difference between the coordinates on different datums varies from place to place. The longitude and latitude positions on OSGB 36 are the same as for WGS 84 at a point in the Atlantic Ocean well to the west of Great Britain. In Cornwall, the WGS 84 longitude lines are about 70 metres east of their OSGB 36 equivalents, this value rising gradually to about 120 m east on the east coast of East Anglia. The WGS 84 latitude lines are about 70 m south of the OSGB 36 lines in South Cornwall, the difference diminishing to zero in the Scottish Borders, and then increasing to about 50 m north on the north coast of Scotland. (If the lines are further east, then the longitude value of any given point is further west. Similarly, if the lines are further south, the values will give the point a more northerly latitude.) The smallest datum shift is on the west coast of Scotland and the greatest in Kent."
  11. OSGB Grid Ref: SS49659218 (near Llanrhidian church) Lat: 51.608324N Long: 4.172631W (Datum: WGS84) Decimal: 51.6083237438393 -4.17263075737237 Dec Min: 51 deg 36.49942 min N 4 deg 10.35785 min W DMS: 51 deg 36 min 29.965 sec N 4 deg 10 min 21.471 sec W More than you'll ever want to know about coordinate systems here: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/docs/support/guide-coordinate-systems-great-britain.pdf
  12. Google Streetview is good for looking for parking spots in out-of-the-way places.
  13. In addition to the other good advice I'll put my bit in too. Personally I wouldn't put a cache anywhere that stock can get at it. I'm just waiting for the time that a sheep chokes on a logbook, then the excrement will hit the air conditioning!
  14. As well as the other suggestions...... The Brecon Beacons in South Wales are probably not too far from you, Pen y Fan and surrounding hills are stunning on a clear day. The Lake District for a weekend, of course. Practice on Scafell! Coast path walking has a lot more up-and-down than many people suspect, a recent walk along 12 miles of Pembrokeshire coast path gave about 2500 feet of ascent according to the tracklog. Good luck with it all.
  15. According to this the maps are the recreational map of Europe, not the OS maps. You'll have to buy them separately. As to cameras only you can really answer that - personally I prefer a proper camera but others views will differ. I went to Greece last summer and used OSM maps successfully when wandering various parts of the country doing a bit of caching. In this country I prefer the OS maps now I have a 62 but I have used the TT maps on my older GPS.
  16. You might enjoy GC164BM Scales Tarn and then carrying on up Sharp Edge to GCVE67 Blencathra. Look Sharp Edge up on the internet before you try it though, it is a scramble not a climb, no technical equipment involved, but marvellous exposure! Some photos here. A visit to Castle Crag GCVH8T The Cave Hotel is worth it for the views down Borrowdale. You can't really go wrong anywhere in the Lakes.
  17. And when you go on holiday you can get OSM maps for anywhere from here: http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
  18. Does the Etrex 10 have Profiles like the GPS62? I use a Geocaching Profile set to lat & long and a Recreational profile set to OS grid. Simple to swap between them!
  19. About all I can think of is Bill Haley or Perry Como (neither of who seem to fit your clue, so having guessed I will now Google!). Edit to say - I see I'm wrong.....
  20. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? I have no idea who sung it, or even if it has ever been in the charts!
  21. I don't own one of these so I don't know what the Garmin manual is like, but you might find this useful: http://gpstracklog.com/2011/10/garmin-etrex-20-review.html
  22. I seem to recall that there were many photographs of merit that month, and yours was definitely a photograph.....
  23. When I won the competition some time ago I found that I hated the idea of choosing the winner in the next months contest, so much so that I have never entered again. Some form of popular vote would suit me better, then I might be persuaded to have another go. Perhaps entrants to the contest could be given some points or votes to award?
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