20 apps to get we out and about

Why don’t we only switch off your smartphone and go out and do something reduction tedious instead? Although with all due honour to a famous intro for children’s TV uncover Why Don’t You?, maybe improved recommendation for 2017 would be to keep your smartphone on – though find out some apps that will get we out into a world.

Whether you’re spotting wildlife, blue plaques or Gruffalos; finding new walking and biking trails; holding adult geocaching or staring during a night skies, there are apps to assistance we get out into a uninformed atmosphere for some activities.

1. Forest XPlorer (Android/iOS, free)

Released by a Forestry Commission, this app provides a beam to woods and forests opposite a UK. You’ll find directions to strech them, lists of stirring events, and sum of their facilities, as good as maps of trails. Instagram galleries will smooth your ardour for visits, too.

2. ViewRanger (Android/iOS, giveaway + IAP)

Whether you’re hillwalking or delving by thickets, ViewRanger is one of a best collections of route maps and guides for a UK. There are thousands of routes to crop and download, with considerable smartwatch facilities and an augmented-reality ability to brand internal features.



Can we see him?

3. The Gruffalo Spotter (Android/iOS, free)

A rodent took a wander by a low dim wood… But a flourishing series of families are doing that too, and regulating an central Gruffalo app for a task. It guides we to trails combined in 26 forests opposite a UK, with animal contribution and a ability to take practical selfies with Julia Donaldson’s much-loved characters.

4. Blue Plaques of London (Android/iOS, free)

There are some-more than 900 blue plaques dotted around London, commissioned by English Heritage to applaud a places where famous chronological total lived and worked – from John Constable in Hampstead or Sylvia Pankhurst in Chelsea, to Jimi Hendrix in Mayfair. This app tells we about plaques nearby your stream location, lets we hunt for specific people, and points we towards guided walks.

5. Hover (Android/iOS, free)

Drones are increasingly affordable in 2017, though if you’re formulation to take yours out for a fly, Hover is a useful apparatus to have on your smartphone. It shows continue data, plots no-fly zones, advises when it’s protected to fly, and logs your activity.

6. The Wildlife Trusts: Nature Finder (Android/iOS, free)

The Wildlife Trusts gift is a best source to spin to for information on a UK’s inlet reserves. Its app has a catalog of some-more than 2,000, assisting we pinpoint places to visit, as good as inventory events. You can also crop information on over 900 class and habitats, and a wildlife we competence encounter.

7. Hoop (Android/iOS, free)

During any propagandize holidays, Hoop could be a lifesaver for parents. It’s a database of things to do with kids: from babies to 11-year-olds. It’s a reduction of indoor and outside activities, with easy-to-use filters ensuring we fast find suitable ideas.

8. Mudder Lovers (iOS, free)

Tough Mudder – sand runs with obstacles – has turn something of a craze, and we won’t be removing your phone out most while putting yourself to these continuation tests. That said, Mudder Lovers encourages only that – a fun approach for “Mudder Lovers” to share their photos and experiences.



See if we can find Ursa Major. Photograph: Alamy

9. Star Walk 2 (Android, £0.99 / IOS, £2.99)

The strange Star Walk stays one of a best apps for budding stargazers of all levels, though Star Walk 2 has combined some glorious facilities for night jaunts. It will brand a plcae of stars, planets, meteors and nebulae, a International Space Station and comets. Point it during a sky and you’ll shortly be marvelling during a cosmos.

10. Fishbrain (Android/iOS, giveaway + IAP)

Described as a “social fishing foresee app”, Fishbrain wants to get we out with a rod, practising your angling skills. It’s partly a amicable record of your catches, though it taps into a users’ information to uncover we where fishing is now going well, using we to a locations where you’ll have a best chances.

11. 50 Things (Android/iOS, free)

While a National Trust’s categorical app is a beam to a 500-plus sites opposite a country, this a some-more focused collection of “50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3 quarters” – from creation a home for a furious animals, to swimming in a sea. Parents will find some good ideas, too. Mixed reviews simulate past problems users have had logging in, though a thought behind this is sound.

12. Strava Running and Cycling (Android/iOS, giveaway + IAP)

Strava is partial activity-tracking app, assisting we to record your jogs and cycling jaunts, and see how your speed is (hopefully) improving over time. But a facilities that will get we out and about are a amicable elements, including “clubs” to bond we with people who share your practice interests.

13. Cachly (iOS, £4.99)

The idea of exploring a internal environment, guided by GPS, to demeanour for dark stashes has been a delayed though solid burner. While a app Geocaching is many people’s initial pier of call for this contemporary chronicle of a value hunt, Cachly’s soap-box reviews are covenant a quality, with facilities for gifted geocachers and newcomers alike.

14. The Dog Spot Beach Guide (iOS, free)

Dogs competence not be too strict about what beaches they’ll have fun on, though their owners are another story. The Dog Spot Beach Guide does accurately what a pretension says: provides a browsable database of dog-friendly beaches around a UK. It will even lift in a continue foresee so we can devise to keep your pooch dry.



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15. Ramp Map: World Skatepark Map (iOS, free)

This shows a horde of skateparks around a world, with GPS positions for 9,000 sites on one map. It’s an glorious digital bucket-list for skateboarders: we can filter a preference according to your needs, accept alerts when you’re nearby a park, get directions and check a continue forecast.

16. Hill Lists (iOS, £1.99)

If we like to collect hills that you’ve climbed up, Hill Lists covers scarcely 7,500 in a UK and Ireland, providing a engorgement of ways to sort, hunt and lane your ascents for posterity, as good as accessing continue forecasts.

17. Ingress (Android/iOS, giveaway + IAP)

You certainly know all about Pokémon Go by now, though a developer Niantic initial done a name with Ingress. It’s a location-based diversion with a low science-fiction story wrapped around your real-world wanderings. And like a beast follow-up, a gameplay unequivocally does get we walking some-more and exploring new places.

18. Windy (Android/iOS, giveaway + IAP)

If we adore removing a breeze in your hair, Windy should be a boon. Aimed during kite-flyers, surfers, paragliders and other lovers of wind-assisted activities, it shows charcterised breeze maps, as good as waves and tides.

19. Campr Beautiful Camping (Android/iOS, free)

If we would like to go camping, though are uncertain of a best sites on that to representation your tent, Campr could set your mind during ease. It offers guides to campsites in several counties in a UK, with reviews, videos and photos to uncover what they’re like. A really useful advance-planning app.

20. Parkour Training (Android, free)

You can come to a gummy finish using adult walls and leaping from building to building, so if we wish to get into parkour, you’ll need some training. This app offers video tutorials, from essential-strength training to specific parkour tricks.