/ Digital navigation for the perplexed
Thing is, what mapping is best, without spending a fortune on it? and will the Garmin software work with any mapping or only with the Garmin maps which come in funny scales? And where do you start?
If you install the Garmin BaseCamp software it came with (or download it from their website), it will allow you to export routes you've recorded in a format you can load onto Google Maps. That's a bit of a winner.
you can plot routes on garmin basecamp as well and export them to the device, alternatively if you have memory map or anquet type digital maps anyway you can also export from those to the GPS.
You can download a user manual from garmin's website that explains how to import / export routes via basecamp as well.
Its not meant for walking, but if you play with the options on bikehike.co.uk there are walking settings, this allows you to plan a route, and if you choose the download option, and choose save to gps it will upload your route to the device.
You may find it easier when planning the route to switch the main map to "osm cycle", and then choose under options route for walking.
There is a website called Walk Highlands. It has a GPS route planner and 1:25k mapping for the whole of the U.K. After creating the route you want to walk you can save it as a GPX file and transfer it to your GPS. Brilliant website!
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