Earlier this year ViewRanger launched the ‘Track my National Trail’ challenge. The campaign aims to encourage people to take full advantage of Britain’s National Trails and is offering support to help them share their experiences with friends and family.
The number and quality of applications already has been fantastic, and we are featuring some of the best National Trail challenges received so far, below.
Sponsorship includes a free upgrade of your ViewRanger app to give you premium Ordnance Survey mapping for your route area. The map is available on your phone at all times without the need for network connectivity.
The campaign is still open so if you would like to apply for ‘Track My National Trail’ support it’s not too late! Click here for more.
Here is a little more information about five people who are taking part in the ‘Track My National Trail’ challenge in 2013. They will be using ViewRanger to track their trail whilst tagging photos and tweets to the route as they go, creating a live trip story - just like the BBC’s Rickshaw Challenge last year for Children in Need.
Look out for our next National Trail blog update to see how to follow their progress over the rest of the year.
Ross Packman – South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is England’s longest way-marked footpath and features 630 miles of beautiful coastline. During the course of the trail, our sponsorship winner Ross will climb over 35,000m - which is almost 4 times the height of Mount Everest!
Ross will be the first of our winners to set off on his National Trail challenge, on the 1st April. Ross will be using Twitter, Facebook and Couchsurfing to appeal to the goodwill of individuals, organisations and businesses all along the SWCP for help with places to stay or camp, be it fields, sofas, barns or beds! He expects his challenge ‘Forgotten Paths’ to take around 6 weeks and is aiming to raise £5000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. For more information on Ross’ hike click here.
Alan Dix – Offa’s Dyke Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Both these National Trails are found in Wales, with Offa’s Dyke Path roughly following the border with England, and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path forming the south west part of the Wales Coast Path.
Alan will actually be walking the entire periphery of Wales on his challenge – a total of just over 1000 miles – starting on the 18th April. Alan aims to investigate different IT solutions for walkers and is keen to create a live ‘where I am and what I’m doing’ web presence while on his mammoth challenge!
Alan will be hoping to raise money for two charities; Tenovus, the Wales-based cancer research and care charity, and MHA who provide care, accommodation and support services for older people throughout Britain. For more information on Alan’s big challenge click here.
Ian McAlister – Hadrian’s Wall Path
The Hadrian’s Wall Path covers 84 miles from Wallsend on the east coast of England to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast of England. Large parts of this National Trail remain close to the wall, and pass by several Roman forts.
Ian will be starting his hike on the 2nd May as part of his Triple Challenge in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. In addition to the Hadrian’s Wall Path, Ian will also be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in July and the Great North Run in September. For more information on Ian’s Triple Challenge click here.
Shaun Bonner – Thames Path
The Thames Path consists of 184 miles of National Trail from the River Thames source at Kemble to the Thames Barrier at Charlton. Most of the trail follows the original towpath offering a close-up view of the diverse scenery along this path.
Shaun will be starting his National Trail challenge in May with a group of friends. Shaun has only recently started using ViewRanger but has found it extremely accurate and valuable.
Spencer Holland – Pennine Way
The Pennine Way is a 268 mile National Trail from Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District through to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish Border. This trail follows the Pennine Hills, often described as the “backbone of England”.
Spencer is planning to start his National Trail challenge in June and will be walking for the RSPB to raise awareness about the poisoning of Buzzards and other birds of prey. Spencer expects the walk to take around 12 days and will be joined by friends and family along the way.
We hope reading about these challenges has inspired you to take advantage of the National Trails Britain is lucky enough to have.
If you are planning a National Trail challenge this year and would like to apply for sponsorship from ViewRanger, it isn’t too late! Just follow this link for more information on the ‘Track my National Trail’ campaign.
Finally we wish Ross, Alan, Ian, Shaun and Spencer all the best for their hikes over the year!