Walking gives you the chance to step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take stock. You can explore new landscapes, reconnect with nature, slow down and reflect on your life.
We’ve gathered together some apps for iOS and Android to help you get outdoors and enjoy mindfulness on the move…
AlpineQuest GPS Hiking Lite
AlpineQuest provides topographical maps that work whether or not you have internet access.
It shows you where you are on the map in real time and you can change the orientation to reflect what you can see. No getting lost with this app! Download it for Android devices here.
iOS and Android, £1.99
This handy app offers over 950 digital walking guides in the UK. You can search by postcode, county, walk type or collection to find the route for you.
Use the app to add your own photos and comments to routes too. Download the app from the Apple store or Google Play.
Go Jauntly allows you to find walks based on your location and navigate with simple photo guides.
You can also use the app to curate your own favourite walks, using pictures to document the route, then share it with your friends. Download the iOS app here.
iOS, free (in-app purchases)
Outdoors GPS gives access to ordinance survey maps offline, so you don’t need to bring a map out with you. Hikers can choose from over 20,000 free routes and navigate using the built-in compass.
You can track your route and save your favourite walks to ‘My Places’. It also highlights points of interest so you can share photos of your trek.
Download Outdoors GPS to your iPhone here.
If you’re only an occasional hiker, you can also download a version just for national parks in the UK for £1.99: Outdoors GB: 15 National Parks.
iOS, £1.99, and Android, £1.23
Add a mindful element to your stroll with the Walking Meditations app. If seated meditation isn’t for you, then walking meditation is a great alternative.
The app guides you through each meditation and shows you how to experience your body and your surroundings fully. Download it for iPhones and Android devices.
iOS and Android, free (in-app purchases)
If you’re just walking for fitness then a good pedometer is essential. Walkmeter GPS is a great way to track your activity and easily view your stats. It shows all your stats in handy graphs and allows you to track your walks.
While most features are free, there’s also the option to upgrade to the elite version for £9.99. Download the app for iPhones and Android devices.
Android and iOS, free
World Walking, available for both iPhones and Android devices, is one for truly global explorers. Produced by the World Walking charity, the app aims to get people outdoors to improve their health and reduce heart disease. Download the app for Android devices and iPhones.