How OS Maps rescued stuck charity walker from knee-deep mud
Aged 20, Barney Lee was seven weeks into a 6,000 mile-charity walk around the coast of Britain when he arrived at a beach between Barton and Highcliffe. Hoping to find a shortcut for the Mudeford ferry to Bournemouth, Barney followed footprints along a track which became wilder and less clear.
He raised the alarm to his parents and told them the co-ordinates from the app. His mother called the emergency services, passed on Barney’s location, and the coastguard called Barney back to confirm where he was. They arrived soon after and helped pull him out with a rescue sling. Barney escaped the mishap relatively injury free apart from suffering exhaustion and bruising to his knee.
Barney, from Derby, is in the middle of a 14-month quest named My Long Walk Around Britain. He is raising money and awareness for Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to Pressure Palsies (HNPP), a hereditary nerve condition Barney himself lives with.
His challenge began back in August when he started out from Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire. Barney is aiming to finish the epic ramble by next October. Throughout his journey, he has been relying on the OS Maps app to help guide him.
Barney said: “It’s been really good. I didn’t want to have to carry 800 or so different paper maps with me so to have the £30 subscription to the app has made things easier.
“I have been using it to plot out the next route and download them before I set off each morning. Just got to remember – stick to the path or bad things happen!”