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 Ribblehead Viaduct, you should walk to ///ideals.peach.pupils
You can learn more about what3words and how it works by watching this video:
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.
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:
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.