About Yorkshire

What is what3words?

When you’re exploring new places, finding the right locations is really important. But street addresses aren’t always reliable – they sometimes point to the wrong place entirely, and they’re never accurate enough to direct you to a specific entrance or car park. They also don’t exist for many places, such as  exact viewpoints or trails.

That’s why we’re using what3words. It’s an easy way to identify precise locations. Every 3 metre square has been given a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. For example, to get the best view of Ribbleshead Viaduct, you should walk to ///ideals.peach.pupils

You can learn more about what3words and how it works here.

How to use what3words

For some of our points of interest you’ll see 3 word addresses in the form ///word.word.word. To find this place easily, you can download the free what3words app and enter the 3 words into the search bar. To navigate press the directions arrow in the app and using your preferred app (e.g. Google Maps, Waze) to travel to that precise point.

The what3words app works offline so you can still enter 3 words and find the exact location even without a connection.

Using what3words in an emergency

To find you more easily in an emergency, many UK Emergency Services are encouraging you to share your 3 word address.

We would always recommend being fully prepared with a map and clear route information when you explore Yorkshire. However, in the event of becoming lost in an unfamiliar area, the what3words system can be an additional aid to help the emergency services locate you.

To give a what3words address in an emergency:

  1. Open the what3words app.
  2. Wait for the blue GPS dot to stabilise, then tap the current location icon.
  3. Read the three words to the 999 call operator.

For more information about how to use the what3words app – to tell your friends exactly where to meet you, to mark out the precise start of your next walk, or to save the locations of your favourite spots throughout Yorkshire, simply visit their website.