What is what3words?

What is what3words?

what3words is a really simple way to talk about location.

What3words have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change.

For example ///slanting.sulked.daylight marks the exact entrance to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School where we hold our AGM.

We have adopted what3words to locate at least one car parking location on each of our waters to help you navigate to the water.

What3words can be used via your web browser or the free what3word app. The app is available for IOS and Android and works offline – ideal for waters with unreliable data connection.

Visit: https://what3words.com/slanting.sulked.daylight to find out more. (You’ll need to zoom out to see where that is – its that accurate)!

Need a little more help?

In your search engine type – w3w.

From the resulting search select – what3words | Addressing the world. This will take you to the what3words website and in the search box type – video.scribble.sleep

As you type, you’ll be given suggestions as to the location you’re after.

Click the first suggestion Llanfair Caereinion, Sir Powys.

This is the parking for Water No.3 on the River Banwy in Wales. You’ll notice it appears in the search list before you finish typing.

Press enter and the map will zoom to this location.

In the top left-hand corner of the screen click the icon to change to Satellite View. You’ll see that the screen now displays ‘sorry we have no imagery here’.

Use the minus symbol in the bottom right corner of the screen to zoom out and the image will appear.

The fact that what3words can zoom to a location that has no data shows just how precise what3words is.

In the orange box that now says video.scribble.sleep click the 3 vertical dots and a new pane will open on the right. Select the icon that is a right turn arrow in a diamond – Navigation. This will open a new pane allowing you to select your preferred mapping software.

For this example, we’ll use Google Maps.

Note: Location Services will need to be enabled in your browser to access the Navigation services.

Click the Google Maps link and a new tab will open showing your route to the River Banwy.

You may need to enter your starting location in google maps first.

Returning to the what3words tab you can now zoom out and compare this parking, to the other River Banwy parking in the Waters Guide. This example is the parking on water No.3 Tynewedd, the lower map.

Get the App
Downloading the what3words free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to use with your mobile device allows you to use what3words without an internet connection.

Note: Your navigation software may require an internet connection to get you to your desired location.