Another new feature

What with one thing and another, I’ve moved on from embedding Google Maps in posts, and I’ve just got round to updating this post. You can click the thumbnail to see almost the whole route of my Jarrow to Bede walk, or you can play with the interactive version at GMaps pedometer. See Gmaps Pedometer for more details of that.

Jarrow Walk

Jarrow Walk

Original version of this post

Something someone[1] said to me about being able to follow my walks with Google Earth reminded me of something I’d been meaning to try. Google allow free websites to use their API[2] to include Google Maps into web pages. If you haven’t played with Google Maps lately, have a look. You can get a satellite view, a simple map, or a nifty hybrid of the two. And you can scroll around really quickly.

Anyway, including a map involves lots of rather icky code, which is a bit much for my poor old brain. I did find a WordPress plugin that might have done the job, but it uses a feature that’s disabled for security reasons by Dreamhost, and while it might be possible to work around that, it would involve more programming than I’d really like. Then I found this tutorial, which provides another way to do it. It’s not quite as quick and easy as a plugin, but it’s easy enough for the small number of maps I’m likely to post.

I had to tweak a few things here and there to get it to fit into my layout, but here it is: an embedded Google map showing where I went yesterday. Bede’s World is the large grassed area. The sundial, being a new feature isn’t shown on the satellite view.

[1] Hi Brian!
[2] If you know what that means you don’t need me to tell you about it, and if you don’t know what it means, you probably don’t want to :tongue:

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