America’s top hiking magazine, a trekking group from south-east Africa and a UK archaeology expert are among ten winners recognised by outdoor navigation app ViewRanger in its Spring 2017 Top Publisher Awards.
Backpacker magazine, the Mountain Club of Malwai and Alasdair Shaw of Archaeoroutes – plus top digital publishers including the Italian Alpine Club, the UK’s National Trails, and Walk Highlands have all been selected as winners by ViewRanger – a free GPS app that hosts route guide content from thousands of professional publishing partners and local experts around the world.
“We’re proud to be associated with so many outstanding outdoor publishers who use ViewRanger to create route guides in such unique and innovative ways,” said ViewRanger CEO Craig Wareham. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a huge global brand or an individual who shares routes in your local area – what matters is the quality and popularity of the route guides, and these ten publishers have all set the bar very high.”
ViewRanger’s Top Publisher Awards awards recognise excellence in digital route guide publishing; with the winners judged on the quality of their routes, creative use of ViewRanger’s digital publishing platform, and popularity with outdoor enthusiasts. Winners from four countries were announced at ViewRanger’s inaugural Top Publisher awards in 2016, with this latest selection providing an even greater global reach.
“We started using ViewRanger for its high resolution, content-rich maps – even in the deep heart of Africa the base map includes all the paths, huts, rivers and peaks,” said Mountain Club of Malawi’s Drew Corbyn. “We’ve now used the platform to create and publish a guidebook to Malawi’s mountains consisting of 18 routes that are rich in information for hikers. The mobile app for GPS tracking and the interactive website are really handy functions too.”
“We promote National Trails, the very best walks in England and Wales,” added Anne Clark, managing director of Walk Unlimited. “So of course we want them to be available to people via ViewRanger – the best digital mapping platform.”
ViewRanger’s Spring 2017 Top Publishers
America’s number one source for outdoor gear reviews, skills advice and hiking trails, Backpacker has published almost 2,000 free routes in ViewRanger.
Download Backpacker routes
The National Trails
The UK’s 16 official National Trails are all published in ViewRanger – from short walks to a 630-mile epic – including the Pennine Way, South Downs Way, and Hadrian’s Wall Path.
Download the National Trails
Club Alpino Italiano
The Italian Alpine Club’s Fabriano branch has published more than 400 spectacular hiking routes in the mountainous Marche and Umbria regions of central Italy.
Download Club Alpino Italiano routes
If you like hillwalking in Scotland, these are the routes for you – with 2,000 detailed routes across the Scottish Highlands, islands and lowlands to choose from.
Download Walk Highlands routes
Shropshire’s Great Outdoors
A wonderful collection of routes from Shropshire Council celebrating the area’s stunning green landscape and its many walking, cycling and horse-riding trails.
Download routes in Shropshire
Mountain Club of Malawi
MCM is a trekking club for citizens and residents of Malawi, which recently produced an 18-route guide to Mount Mulanje that can be downloaded for free in ViewRanger.
Download routes in Malawi
An environmental group protecting 650 square miles of woodlands and valleys, which has produced over 70 countryside walks around the Chilterns.
Downloads Chiltern Society routes
A mountaineering and caving guide with a passion for archaeology, Alasdair Shaw’s unique ‘Archaeoroutes’ tell the story of the landscape beneath your feet.
A keen walker from the Bristol area, Andy has produced 40 great walking routes packed with photographs and turn-by-turn directions within an hour’s drive of the city.
Download routes around Bristol
Murray’s a mountain guide who walks and records all of his own routes on some of Scotland’s most iconic peaks, then publishes them for other hikers to follow.
Download classic Scottish routes