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ACW Large Scale Bing Maps

Warning:  still an interesting and useful approach BUT has not been updated often since 2014 (But recent Mar-2015 major changes and most minor changes have  now been updated).  It is still useful, and now the current Bing tool no longer supports editting.  It will also probably never be as accurate as the OSM, GPX, Google Earth views , though is usually more accurate than the OS 1:25000 Bing view.

Ever wanted a large scale map of ACW 40-mile route, or of the 21 Circular Walks, showing (nearly) every tree and most blades of grass - as well as the latest route?

We've now created one.

Click BING ACW MAPS  to see overview.  This opens in another TAB or window, with the map on right (or newer version) and an index to the left of the map).

You may like to make this window "Full Screen" and remove favourites/bookmarks bar while it downloads.

You can then do lots of things.  For example try:

  • Select "Aerial" view, with "show labels"
  • Go to item 19 ("Marquee behind the Queens Head Hotel ")
  • Then click the - "Zoom out" button once or twice. (You will now see ACW Start and heading south as a Blue dashed line)
  • Click and hold down the left mouse button then drag it up the screen to see the path further south.
  • ... then set off round the 40.33 mile current Challenge Route (let me know if you find any errors on my route ...)
     
  • ... then try a Circular Walk

See also a spreadsheet showing how I got that mileage figure, but note that some of this data is out of date (we now use values from OSM, GPX, Google Earth data).

Notes on the Bing Maps

ACW Path Colour Scheme

The paths I have added are coloured as follows:

Path Type Odd
Numbered
Even
Numbered
Notes
ACW 40-Mile route Blue Green Dash Dash Dash Dash lines
ACW 21 Circular Walks Orange Magenta Dash Dot Dash Dot lines or
Dash Dot Dot Dash lines (if two same colour paths get next to each other - e.g. 16 & 18 or  01 & 21)
ACW 21 Circular Walks Route A Orange Magenta Dot Dot Dot Dot lines, and one step narrower
ACW 21 Circular Walks "shared paths"


Cyan

Usually shared between one odd and one even numbered Walk
Others ??     As seems fit for now!  Usually a lot narrower.

Standard Bing Options

The base map can be any of the following  (Note that e.g. 10m/20mm means scale at 100% zoom on 22" screen of 1080p resolution - other screens/settlings will change this, but the scale is shown at Bottom/Left corner of map):

View How to get Notes
Bing Road Map Road on 1st drop-down menu Available at all zoom levels, but with appropriate details. 
OS Map OS Map on 1st drop-down menu Can get 1:25,000 or 1:50,000, and can zoom between them.  Note each OS scale comes at c.3 zoom levels. At 1:10,000 and below or 1:100,000 and above shows Bing Road Map
Automatic Automatic on 1st drop-down menu
 
"switches to the best map style as you zoom" - but you can often get better by choosing a manual view!  Auto now gives mainly street view at low res. going to Bird's Eye view up to 10m/20mm.
Bing "Aerial" view Aerial on 2nd drop-down menu

Some places excellent, others not so good.  Max zoom available now 5m/13mm.
Note that during 2013 more accurate aerial views taken at more recent dates were added - BUT not at the largest scales.  (Now the largest scale is no longer available)

Bing "Bird's Eye" view "Bird's Eye"  on 2nd drop-down menu Only available properly in (or near) Cities or Big Towns. Elsewhere you get Aerial view distorted to give an impression of "Bird's Eye" view.  Where properly available, scales up to 10m/20mm. otherwise up to 5m/13mm.
Labels (or not) click box
"Show labels"  on 2nd drop-down menu
Clicking box toggles between showing labels (box with tick) or not (blank box).  Labels are road and place names, and include the road path as shown in Bing Map view.  Showing labels helps locate where you are, removing them lets you see more detail of Aerial or Bird's Eye view.
     
Others?   Try experimenting!

History (Latest at Top of table)

Date              Event
   
05-Apr-2015 All major and most minor changes to map updated
30-Mar-2015

Notes on the Bing Maps section updated and Coming Soon section removed

30-Mar-2015 All maps updated to include latest routes in Green Book Feb-2015 & 21 Walks plus Mar-2015, and some improved accuracy matching latest Bing aerial views.  As I find the time I'll update detailed recent changes & improved accuracy BUT it will probably never be as accurate as the OSM, GPX, Google Earth view , though usually more accurate than the OS 1:25000 Bing view.
 8-Jan-2014 Green Book 2014 drafted, & this page, the Bing Map and the spreadsheet updated.  The "distance now covered" quoted in the Green Book at the end of each Directions page and the Distances on each individual map are derived from the updated Bing map. For 2014 edition all legs of the 40-mile route have had their distances refreshed (Bing does not now update them automatically, but will usually update if path selected again after selecting another path).  I have also checked overall distance shown here with overall distance calculated from the gpx file derived from OSM map opened in Google Earth, with a result within 0.1 miles of each other!
1-Feb-2013 Green Book 2013 Issued, with key updates also applied to Bing map.
1-Feb-2012 Green Book 2012 Issued, with key updates also applied to Bing map.
19-Dec-2011 Green Book 2012 drafted, & this page, the Bing Map and the spreadsheet updated.  The "distance now covered" quoted in the Green Book at the end of each Directions page and the Distances on each individual map are derived from the updated Bing map. For 2012 edition all legs of the 40-mile route have had their distances refreshed (Bing does not now update them automatically, so some corrections done over late-2010 to now period were incorrect by about 0.1 miles up or down). Also the use of Connect2Kenilworth new path has added about 0.1 miles to both Maps 3 & 4.
18-Feb-2011 Updated to cover route for ACW Challenge 2011
Autumn-2010 Microsoft major update to Bing Maps interface, including introduction of additional base map controls and an "Automatic" option which switches to the best map style as you zoom.  Interesting, but use with care.
31-Aug-2010 The number of points used to define the 40-mile route reduced to 960 (from over 2000 in Mar-2010).  This helps speed viewing, but just as useful results in a smaller .gpx file for use on GPS devices.  At the same time a few route errors were corrected using information from .gpx files recorded by users during the Apr-2010 Challenge event.
30-Aug-2010 Maps, spreadsheet and some of text above updated to include start of Challenge from the Marquee behind the Queens Head Hotel from April 2011
15-Mar-2010 Updated to cover route for ACW Challenge 2010
07-Dec-2009 All maps tidied up, with consistent naming, position of "pushpin" indicators, etc.  Should probably be regarded as the first "Complete Issue"
05-Dec-2009 Fully detailed maps of all 21 Circular Walks published
30-Nov-2009 Outline maps of all 21 Circular Walks drafted
24-Nov-2009 "Adequate" maps of first 15 Circular Walks drafted, and link to this page added on website
16-Nov-2009

Announced project in electronic newsletter, with link to here

11-Nov-2009 Initial errors corrected; this overview page added to ACW website.
06-Nov-2009 to
09-Nov-2009
Over next few days used to learn the new version, and realised that including all of 40-mile route (and maybe all 21 Circular Walks as well) now feasible, so progressively added the 18 maps and invited an expert to check
05-Nov-2009 Used Bing to work out where sites for 4-Nov-2009 WP were, and found the new Beta version incorporating MS-Live and multimap roots had replaced the familiar MS-Live based product, 

 


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