Solo exercise, inspired by hash running and walking, so called sash !
Ground rules: 1) No set date or time. 2) Only do solo, or with people you live with, or your support bubble, or one other person. 3) Keep 2 metres apart from others if you encounter. 4) Ideally pick sashes that are local to you. 5) Ideally pick sashes a walk or cycle from the start/end point rather than drive. 6) Ideally drive only as a part of an essential journey being made anyway, such as for food buying. 7) Walk bits where you can't clearly see the way ahead, so that 2 metre separation from others can be maintained. 8) No going in the pub, may be shut anyway. 9) Do the sash at your own risk.
How it works: Visible on your Apple/Android smartphone or GPS-equipped tablet, referred to here as device, are the following: A start/end square, and four circles showing the initial direction. Your device audibly 'echoes' blobs, checks, etc, when in the vicinity. You can just keep your device in your pocket or backpack, and follow the blob echoes. Or for a check echo, discover which way the blob trail continues. Two blobs in succession, or another check, and you've found the onward trail. A false echo means it's not that way. An echo saying 'on left', or 'on right', means go that way. Echoes can announce a fair few paces prior to the spot. And echoes repeat every 15 seconds if you linger. For longer stretches, echoes repeat every 15 seconds regardless of where you are within the stretch.
The runners true trail is 3.9 miles, the walkers 2.4 miles. Part-way along the trail, your device echoes that the runners and walkers trails diverge, with a 'runners go right', and 'walkers go left'. The trails rejoin enroute, at which point the runners should ignore an overheard 'walkers go left' echo, of course.
Along the shared sections, the walkers will encounter the checks, so they'll have a bit more work to do than on a regular hash. And the walkers-only part has one check just for them. While the runners-only part has one 'fish hook' echo, at which participants should return to the last check, then rerun that section.
Separately for runners and walkers, about half-way around, your device echoes 'beer near', then 'beer stop'. For the latter you may like to take some refreshment in your backpack. Nearer the end, your device echoes 'circle up near', then 'circle up', so save some refreshment. After, your device echoes 'inn no', and leads you back to the start/end point.
It won't be much of a reveal that the route passes Holy Trinity Church, to which Bishop Vesey in 1530 gifted his organ, to this handsome exposé of the clasping buttress.
If you get stuck, a help map is available: Zoom in on the start/end square, then tap the triangle beside, then tap SEE MORE. The blue square is the start/end, the arrows show the trail direction, and the walkers-only part is dotted.
On your device, open the Apple App Store or Android Play Store, and type ‘echoes’ in the store search box. The ECHOES app icon looks a bit like a fingerprint. Install, then open, and sign up. The trail should list under 'near you'. Tap MORE NEAR YOU if not. Possible too, is a tap on the magnifying glass, then type the trail postcode with space, or 'sash' for all. Tap a trail, then tap STREAM WALK to use online copy. Or tap DOWNLOAD or down-arrow symbol for offline copy, then tap START. Swipe down screen to refresh downloaded copy, in case changed online. Sometimes app exit then app restart are needed to fully refresh downloaded copy. Download might get stuck before reaching 100%. In which case, exit app then restart, and tap STREAM WALK instead.
Tips: Like most location apps, ECHOES uses the battery a fair bit. A fully-charged device should be enough for the trail. But you might like to take a powerbank, or spare battery. Plus a paper map as backup.
This info is viewable in a browser at https://explore.echoes.xyz/collections/vGvBPOX337oWh3Bj
Trail last updated 6 February 2021 18:25
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