A perfect Father's Day gift for someone with a love of the great outdoors, the ViewRanger gift card will give any walker, rider or cyclist the chance to plan this summer's great adventure - whether it is completing a National Trail or surviving a London Pub crawl.
The ViewRanger gift card provides credit so that your dad can choose the Ordnance Survey mapping of his choice. Alternatively, he can select a mix of maps and recommended routes from one of the largest collections in the world.
First, he will need to download the free ViewRanger app, which includes a route planner, free OpenStreetMaps across the globe as well as a sports computer which will record how far he has gone and how long it took. Then using his gift card he can download premium mapping and guided walks.
High quality Ordnance Survey mapping is available more cost-effectively via ViewRanger than purchasing the equivalent maps in paper format. The mapping is also available on the phone at all times without the need for a mobile signal, with GPS used to show your location. This makes ViewRanger an excellent choice for those exploring wilder parts and is used by Mountain Rescue Teams for this very reason.
For some, 2013 might be the year they do a long distance trail in weekend sized bites. Among the 40,000 routes to choose from on myviewranger.com many are shorter walks that take in part of a National Trail.
The North Norfolk Coast Path is a brilliant option for this, with a regular coast hopper bus for the less energetic. For example Thornham and North Norfolk Coast Path
Or for a more rugged adventure, walk part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and enjoy the wildlife in Cwm Rhigian Woods, before walking open moorland and returning to Newport for a night at the Trewern Arms.
Some inspirational walks to consider are available as mapping packages at 1:25k scale and are available in the webshop:
- Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail £14.99
- Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail £14.99
- Cotswolds Way NationalTrail £19.99
- Thames Path National Trail £29.99
- South Downs Way National Trail £19.99
- North Downs Way National Trail £29.99
- Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail £19.99
- Cleveland Way National Trail £19.99
- Great Glen Way National Trail £19.99
- Speyside Way National Trail £19.99
- West Highland Way National Trail £19.99
Photo from Trail Magazine's Edale - Kinder Round (October) route on the Pennine Way