Relating direction to map location in printed output

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  • Erik Westrup Wednesday 21 Apr 2021 02:43:35

    Totally agree.   Direction reference (ID) numbers (1,2,3 etc) should be shown on the map when you print to PDF.  Makes complete sense. Otherwise the directions are of little use. I would have thought  that it would not take much to implement this change?

  • plotaroute admin   Saturday 25 Jul 2020 18:44:18

    Thanks for this feedback Martyn.  As you'll see from the Feature Requests list, there are a very large number of competing requests, so unfortunately I can't make any promises. I do like the idea of an option to display direction markers on the map though.


  • Martyn Sandford   Thursday 23 Jul 2020 11:12:57

    Hi John,

    Various friends have been testing out the routes I have put together based on Farncombe rail-station. A universal complaint is the inability to relate printed directions to the map.  There are two problems:

    • The first is the subject of this post (originally recorded in 2017 - see below)
    • The second is that the 'Miles' column is uninteligible to most walkers.  Everyone points out that no one works in decimal fractions of a mile!  They all say that what they would really prefer is the number of yards/meters (hence effectively paces) from one direction point to the next.

    At the moment, because of point 2 they struggle to mitigate point 1.

    I wonder if this issue could be bunked up the priority list a bit?  It looks likely that the walks will soon be published locally, both in printed format and via links on websites (Godalming Town Council, Surrey Hills, and the Haslemere to Farncombe Communty Rail Partnership are all interested.)

    I know that the needs of cyclists will be different, so I'm not proposing a wholeslave switch, but rather the inclusion of some choices.

    Best regards,


  • plotaroute admin   Friday 12 May 2017 10:19:37

    That's a good suggestion Martyn - thank you.  I've added it to our Feature Requests list (number 70).


  • Martyn Sandford   Thursday 11 May 2017 20:54:03

    I've recently been testing out some of my routes 'in the field' using the printed output and discovered that there seems to be no way of relating a direction to its location on the map?!  This makes the printed directions almost impracticable to use.  The ID number for each direction really needs to appear on the map.

    I know distance markers are there and these are helpful but it is really the direction IDs that are essential.

    I wonder if there could be an option, at the printing stage, to print 1) distance markers, 2) direction IDs or 3) both.  To avoid confusion, perhaps distance markers could be in black text in white circles (as at present) and direction IDs in white text in black circles?

    The direction IDs could also be useful when viewing the map on-line but at least on-line it is possible to hover over a direction to see where the marker pops up. On printed output there is no way to see the connection.

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