You can pick out crucial navigation features just as you can with a paper map, but with the advantage of being pretty much 100 per-cent certain of exactly where you are, regardless of visibility or weather conditions.
Amen to that.
Last week I completed the SkyeTrail including the Trottenish Ridge. The weather was foul at times. I had and needed paper maps; I find they are good to plan from in the evening but the phone GPs was the most useful as it gave me an accurate position and a direction to move toward the path I had created on the phone.
A phone in a waterproof case can be looked at in the rain where maps would get wet or blown if they have to turned over in the inevitable times when your location is on the map crease.
The paper map get most use with me as I advance but if positionally challenged the GPS comes into its own.
Not with the car but I have used the Hope and Settle Carlisle lines which work well.The SC line has Anytime/Any station ticket which was useful. With a quick look at the map Hawes and Horton in Ribblesdale look early jaunts.
I have done 12 and a half of the 19 National trails but so far only considering the western half of Thames Path this way. For the central London bit I shall be using my daughters flat in London as base and the Tube/Rail which should be interesting.
From me in Lincolnshire the trails I haven't done are further south, the half is the SW coast path; which is looong.
The last couple of weeks I have been doing the Skye Trail. The weather was tough high winds,heavy rain and even a blizzard, however the place is fantastic and the Trottenish Ridge is a great spectacle.
With the adverse weather conditions I was able, with the aid of return buses, to get back to my modified Citroen Berlingo to sleep. This worked out well and I intend to do a few days walks in this fashion especially in the winter when tenting would be hard. So before pouring over maps I thought I might ask for suggestions for walks a bit nearer home in the Dales,Peak or North York Moors,e.g day circular walks based on one place or not far apart. I usually aim to do about 24K a day but I guess winter walks would be restricted to less with daylight an issue.
I am planning to do the Thames Path before long and I know I can do this type of thing on the western half.