ViewRanger – the app that helps you get active outdoors – has launched Route Collections, a great way to find new trails to explore. Over 300 Route Collections are currently available within the recently updated ViewRanger 6 app, bringing together some of the best trail guides for walkers, hikers, cyclists and mountain bikers from some of the top outdoor publishers and organizations in Europe and USA.
To launch this new feature, alongside over 220 collections from branded publishers, ViewRanger also asked a selected group of organisations to curate their own collections, which include:
• In the Footsteps of History, curated by Andrew Denton, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) CEO
• New Forest in a Nutshell, curated by Gillie Molland, Lead Ranger, New Forest National Park
• Malverns by Mobility Scooter, curated by John Cuthbertson, director of the Disabled Ramblers organization
• Wessex White Horse Walks, curated by Richard White, Creative Wiltshire
Expert ViewRanger users have also contributed including Peter Hill, who completed a 5,045 mile walk around the British coastline over 42 weeks in 2014. Hill has curated six collections from his 247 published coastal walking routes, specifically for the new Route Collections feature.
Craig Wareham, ViewRanger co-founder, said: “The new Route Collections have been designed to showcase ViewRanger’s capability, providing diverse groups of outdoor enthusiasts with intuitively grouped selections of routes, linked by theme, location and activity.
“By grouping new as well as existing guides in this way, ViewRanger is making it easier to find a wider selection of routes that will inspire more people to be more active outdoors. It will also help ViewRanger’s partners to promote their route guides and make it easier for other organisations such as holiday and festival organisers to provide activities that suit their customers.
“Many of the Route Collections match specific guidebooks from a wide range of guidebook publishers including Bergverlag Rother (DE), the AA, Wilderness Press (US), Menasha Ridge Press (US), and CAMRA. Magazine publishers meanwhile, such as Bauer Media (Trail Magazine) and Immediate Media (Mountain Biking UK), are grouping route guides from each month’s issue into an easy to find Route Collection.
“ViewRanger has always been far more than just another navigation app and ViewRanger 6 combines a fresh visual approach and redesigned layout to make the app’s high-end GPS capabilities accessible to everyone.”
Each of the new trail guide collections can be found on ViewRanger’s discovery tab – an area dedicated to discovering information-rich trail guides worldwide. The discovery tab makes it quick to filter, browse and select routes and these new collections complement the current, extensive library of high-quality route guides available from more than 500 tourism and other outdoor guide publishing brands. Each route collection also has its own web page and links that make it easy for route collections to be shared and accessed whether the viewer is on the web or using the ViewRanger app.
Tourism organizations, publishers, and other trail content owners interested in publishing trail guides through the free ViewRanger platform should contact the company.
The new trail guide Route Collections include:
Andrew Denton, OIA CEO: Britain on Foot
In the Footsteps of History
“I’ve chosen routes in The Peak District, on my back door step and the spiritual home of British hill walking. It’s a privilege to be able to walk in the footsteps of those who opened up our countryside and inspired our first National Path and most celebrated National Trail, the Pennine Way.
Britain on Foot is an industry and government backed initiative aimed at getting more people walking every day. With benefits ranging from improved physical and mental health to a boost to the outdoor economy Britain on Foot promotes healthy living in a way that’s achievable by everyone.”
Gillie Molland, Lead Ranger, New Forest National Park
New Forest in a Nutshell
“These six walks are the perfect introduction to the New Forest, taking you through the woodland, heathland, coastline and villages of the UK’s smallest national park. The New Forest is designated a national park to give this outstanding landscape the highest level of protection and to preserve it for the nation to enjoy for generations to come.”
John Cuthbertson, Director of Disabled Ramblers
Malverns by Mobility Scooter
“The Malvern Hills offer fantastic rambles thanks to the Malvern Hills Conservators keeping access open for all. The easiest ramble, ‘Worcestershire Beacon from the Wyche’ also takes in the highest point with wonderful views all around. You should manage to get most, if not all, of the way to the summit on a standard “Pavement Scooter” Some of the other rambles offer far more challenge, so build up to them – use an appropriate mobility scooter and take an able bodied person with you!
The Disabled Ramblers national charity helps mobility limited people access the outdoors. We run around 30 rambles a year across England and Wales. We have scooters (Trampers) for loan during our rambles. We take a portable accessible toilet with us for your convenience.”
Six collections from Peter Hill’s 247 published coastal walking routes
South West Coast Path
Wales Coast Path
North West Scotland
North East England
South East England
Richard White, Creative Wiltshire
The Wessex White Horse Walk: A 100 mile circular route in 6 day walks
The Wessex White Horses: Short circular walks
8 white horses, 5 days, more than 4000 years of human history. Explore a landscape steeped in magic, mystery and mythology. Based on the walk devised by Ali Pretty and Richard White for their Walking Wiltshire White Horses project and extended to include the Uffington White Horse with funding from the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
David Brawn, Joint CEO and chief cartographer at Discovery Walking Guides
Mountain Routes and Beautiful Countryside
Mountain Routes: six routes for the times when only being on the top will satisfy.
Beautiful Countryside: six of the best Spring countryside walking routes for those times when you just want to wander amidst the natural beauty of the countryside, forget the challenges and marvel at nature’s bounty.