Tracklogs’ English Lakes Southeast is a real enthusiasts’ package with a bit of a home-spun feel, but don’t let this put you off. It is a fully functional navigation aid with neat, seamless on-screen mapping, full UK coverage at 1:50,000, 1:25,000 and 1:250,000, aerial imaging and a powerful 3D facility. We particularly liked the route-planning functions. Building and detailing routes both in creation and in edit is very easy. You can pack a route with your own navigation comments, add icons or even customise the colour and opacity of the route line. The route card facility is also very advanced, with the ability to break down a route into a mind-boggling step-by-step series of statistics. Tracklogs will supply your choice of site-centred mapping at £25 per 20 square kilometres at 1:25,000. But it takes time to get into and is best suited to a long winter evening’s planning. You can’t download mapping over the Web so you have to wait for it to arrive in the post. That means it simply isn’t as flexible as other systems we looked at.
Tracklogs’ English Lakes Southeast is a slightly nerdy mapping software package, that has all the right functions and will do a solid job, so this will definitely appeal to those who are at ease with the technology. Once again you can download a free version of the software from their website and test it out at your leisure before you commit to purchasing any actual mapping. But not being able to download mapping online will be an issue for many.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine March 2010