HOW TO FOLLOW OUR ROUTES

Our routes

Some walkers like to follow a map, others prefer written directions. We therefore feature both options for the vast majority of our routes. For each route, we provide the distance in miles and kilometres along with approximate timings for how long we think it will take to walk it.

Maps

All ours routes have been created in the OS Maps app, with the exception of urban routes where we use Google Maps (as this is clearer for an urban setting). You can see the OS Map on each route page and there’s also a link to the map, which you can view on the OS Maps website, or in the OS Maps app. Using the OS Maps app is great as you can track where you are along the route with GPS (please be aware that this drains your phone’s battery quite fast though, so it’s worth bringing a battery pack with you to top up).

There is also a download button to get the GPX file which you can then upload to a device such as an Apple watch or Garmin or to apps like Strava and GPX viewer.

Walk variations & supporting information

Our walks often have suggested variations with ideas to shorten or lengthen a route We have also provided suggestions for eating and drinking, along with some history and interesting facts. Most important of all, we’ve provided information about where the toilets are!

What is a GPX FILE?

A GPX file, also known as a GPS Exchange Format file, is simply a text file containing geographic information such as waypoints, tracks, and routes. To use our routes, you can use the GPX files that we orginally created in the OS Maps app and import the data into a choice of apps such as Strava, OSmaps, Apple & Garmin watches. In this way, you can follow the routes in real time using GPS so you never need get lost again!

If you have want to import GPX files, watch our handy videos below which show you how to do this for different platforms.

Import GPX files to OS maps premium

  1. Download appropriate GPX file
  2. Log into your OS (premium) account at https://explore.osmaps.com/
  3. Choose Routes > Import GPX
  4. Your route will be saved in My Routes. You can rename and edit it from there.

Import GPX files to Strava (pro)

  1. Download appropriate GPX file
  2. Log into your account on https://www.strava.com/
  3. In menu click on +
  4. Choose “Create a route”
  5. Click up arrow (upload GPX)
  6. Choose GPX file and Save
  7. You can edit the route and labelling in Strava

Import GPX files to AllTrails (Apple watches)

  1. Download appropriate GPX file
  2. Log into your account on https://www.alltrails.com/
  3. Hover over ‘Saved’ in the top header and select ‘Create map’
  4. Click ‘Upload from file’ in the left panel
  5. Click and drag your file into the box or hit ‘Browse’ to open your file manager and select your file
  6. Click ‘Next’ to finish the upload
  7. You will see a ‘Route uploaded’ pop-up to confirm your file was uploaded successfully

Import GPX Files to Garmin Explore App 2.9 upwards

  1. Download appropriate GPX file
  2. Log into your account on https://www.garmin.com/
  3. Tap  +
  4. Select Import GPX File.
  5. Select a file source.
  6. Select the GPX file.
  7. Select Done.