ViewRanger GPS Supports Launch of Wales Coast Path

To celebrate the official opening of the Wales Coast Path on the 5th May ViewRanger – the off-road GPS on a phone – has created a ‘Wales Coast Path’ bundle of Ordnance Survey Landranger (1:50,000) mapping for the entire route, to help walkers, cyclists and riders explore this outstandingly beautiful coastline.

By downloading the mapping, via the ViewRanger App, the area of the whole length of the path from Chester to Chepstow can be viewed on the phone without the need for a mobile signal.

The Wales Coast Path is a way-marked footpath 870 miles long. It includes well-established long distance footpaths such as Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and also new stretches have been created so that it is possible to walk (and cycle or ride in places) as close to the sea as possible down the full length of the coastline.

A series of recommended short walks is also available so that the path is accessible to everyone.

The purchase of the Wales Coast Path map (£7.99), offers a simple and great value alternative to purchasing a series of paper map sheets for each of the coastal areas. ViewRanger enables mapping for the entire path to be downloaded to the phone and your position marked at all times using the GPS facility.

ViewRanger is free to download from an app store or via the ViewRanger website and comes complete with open source mapping. It is then possible to purchase the ‘Wales Coast Path’ or Ordnance Survey mapping for many of GB’s other national trails. Also at it is possible to select recommended walks and cycle routes spanning the entire country.

The Wales Coast Path is creating a new challenge for charity fundraisers and this is helped by the ‘buddy beacon’ feature in ViewRanger. Buddy Beacon shows the location of the fundraiser via an online map which can be embedded into his or her website, this enables supporters at home to follow progress.

One of the first to do the full ‘dragon walk’, as he calls it will be Steve Webb a teacher from St David’s College, who is raising money for a new Eco Classroom to support the outdoors activities at the school.

Steve says: “ I love to see my pupils getting enthused about being outdoors and seeing the development of not only their personal skills, but also their skills as working as part of team. Helping them to discover new and challenging adventures that will give them memories that will last them a lifetime is in itself motivation to do this walk.

“Interested people will be able to follow my progress on the school’s Social Hiking website, via the Buddy Beacon feature on the ViewRanger App, and see photos and video clips from twitter.”

Wales is to the only country in the world to have a footpath along the entire length of its coastline –from the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south – and it is the longest in the UK. It is to be officially launched on the 5th May 2012 by the environment minister at Cardiff Bay.

Written by Victoria Ellis

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