From the blog
We've just launched a new hill profile graph which you can find beneath all of our London route maps. This follows their introduction in other walkit.com cities such as Sheffield and Glasgow.
In these areas you can see how steep different parts of your journey will be – particularly useful info if you're carrying a load, pushing a pram or using a wheelchair. Or maybe you've got medical or age-related reasons for wanting to avoid hills. We think bikers should also find this info handy.
Here are some examples:
The graph's y axis measures 0 to 250m above sea level, and the x axis 0 to 6,000m of walk length. For route lengths of under 6km the graph line will stop short of the end of the right-hand edge of the chart area (i.e. we don't stretch to fit) – we think this allows you to make more meaningful comparisons between the hilliness of each route (see first two images above) .
However for practical reasons, for routes over 6km, we compress the whole distance into the chart area – so you might end up with a slightly Matterhorn-esque graph line (see third image).
Please note that we take account of the impact inclines have on walking speed when generating a route – so your journey times and Calories burns will change accordingly. We'll also try and find you a route round a hill, rather than over it, if we think it'll make your journey quicker.
Please let us know what you think, and/or comment below.