Walking Apps

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So what’s out there?

We have done a trawl of some of the walking related apps currently available. We have grouped them into categories but some cross over as they have a range of functions.

Measuring your activity...Mapping and routes...Active travel / walkability...Others...

Some we have tried, some we haven’t - so treat the comments accordingly.

Some apps simply count your steps – though there are different ways of doing this. The app can use the built in accelerometer in your phone or they can use the GPS. There are pros and cons to both – for example the GPS might be heavy on your phone battery and requires a signal.

There is any number of pedometer apps so we have only included a selection.

The usefulness of apps also depends on what you are doing – they might be great for tracking your activity over half an hour’s walk for example. On the other hand if you are tracking your steps over 4, 8 or 12 weeks you might not find it convenient to have your phone with you and turned on at all times. Sometimes a simple old fashioned pedometer might be more useful.

An alternative, more expensive option is to use one of the growing number of wearable devices - for example Fitbit or Jawbone - that can work with your phone to track your activity and a lot more besides.

Of course there are lots of other useful apps which might help in planning your walks – weather forecasts for example – which we’ve not touched on here.

If you’re headed for the hills remember not to rely on smartphone apps for navigation unless you have a desire to feature in negative tabloid newspaper headlines. There’s no substitute for a map and compass. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland gives advice on this. http://www.mcofs.org.uk/navigation-gpsandsmartphones.asp

If you have used any of these apps how did you find them? What others do you use? You can help us improve the information on this page by sending us a review.

Measuring your activity – counting steps – pedometer apps

AppDetails

Noom
Android

Free

This step counter doesn't use the GPS so should minimise battery use. They claim a full 24 hours of Noom Walk uses the same amount of battery as 20 minutes of screen display or just 3 minutes of GPS. You can connect with friends through Facebook and Google+ and get updates and 'high fives' when you reach certain achievements. 

Moves
Android and iPhone 

Free 

A step counter that tracks activity (walking, running and cycling). It uses GPS to recognise places you visit and creates a timeline of your day. It uses Google Maps so you can see the routes you have taken. Moves also recognises when you are moving by transport. They claim with typical phone use, a smartphone running Moves should have enough battery power to last all day.

Accupedo
Android and iPhone 

Free 

This is a pedometer app that monitors your daily walking on the home screen of your phone using a widget. It gives you information on steps, distance, calories burned and active time. It uses algorithms to detect walking motion regardless of where your phone is (pocket, bag, belt, etc.). You can personalise settings such as stride length, weight, sensitivity, etc. 

Endomondo 
Android and iPhone 

Free

An activity tracking app that uses GPS to record a number of sports including running, cycling, kayaking, skating, skiing, etc. You can share activities with friends, get pep talks and coaching! Extra features available in the Premium version track your workouts, challenge your friends and analyse your training. It’s a bit more focused on sport than walking. 

Pedometer 2.0 
Android

Free 

This pedometer app counts calories, distance, speed, average speed, time in motion, takes all sorts of graphics and can split by different modes and according to body mass index. It seems to have pretty mixed reviews.

Pedometer++
iPhone

Free
 

Seems to be a fairly minimal pedometer app that lets you keep track of your daily and weekly step counts. You can also set the app to dynamically show your current step count. Requires an iPhone 5s

Runtastic 
Android and iPhone

Free

This pedometer app is part of an array of health & fitness tracking products that they offer. It may be heavy on your phone battery.

Walklogger
Android

Free

This is a pedometer / step counter that lets you keep track of your physical activity automatically. The step counter counts your steps and you get estimates of your distance walked or run, your active calorie burn and your total calorie consumption.
Android

Human 
iPhone

Free

Make moving fun The app automatically records all your indoor and outdoor activity. It is an all-day fitness tracker that is intended to encourage you to move 30 minutes or more every day. An Activity Summary shows you a simple overview of all your daily active minutes, distance covered and calories burned.

Breeze 
iPhone

Free

Be active every day Breeze from RunKeeper uses your phone to automatically track your walks, runs, and other activity throughout the day.

Google Now
Android 

Free 
 

The activity summary card appears once a month – and is a very rough approximation of how far you've walked or cycled during that month compared to the previous one. It’s based on occasional samples of the phone’s accelerometer. Bear in mind its only monthly though so might be of limited value in monitoring your activity in the shorter term!

 

 
Mapping and Routes

ItemDetails

Medal Routes - Ramblers
Android and iPhone

Free

The app helps people get active by signposting them to short walking routes. Ramblers Medal Routes allows you to find and walk hundreds of walking routes across Scotland.

The app allows you to gain medals, challenge friends on the leader boards, set personal goals to motivate yourself and even create your own walking routes.

There are more than 100 Medal Routes walking hubs across Scotland - with a choice of a 15, 30 or 60 minute walk at each one. Routes are checked and quality controlled.

Paths for All fund the project.

Google maps 
Android, iPhone and Windows

Free

Never get lost as you go to new places and old favourites Offers “turn-by-turn” GPS navigation to your destination. Should help you find out where you are and how to get where you want to go. It generates routes and voice-guided navigation and can be used for driving, walking or public transport.

Just don’t rely on using it on the Aonach Eagach in the fog.

Mapmywalk 
Android and iPhone

Free
Make every step count The app can track your route, time and distance using your phone’s GPS. As with all apps using GPS – it needs to be activated for the app to work which could be a drawback. 
Walk4Life 
iPhone

Free
How far will you walk this year? You can use this to record walking journeys via your iPhone – including distance and speed. The app also maps the walks as you do them. Funded by the Department of Health in England up to November 2012.
EveryTrail 
Android and iPhone 

Free

Take EveryTrail with you - on your phone Share trips, connect with other travellers. Plot your trip, photos and videos right on the map and upload it. 
There’s not much in Scotland as yet – but you could change that.

Viewranger Trails & Maps
Nokia, Android and iPhone

Free 

Route mapping that you can do offline. Gets great reviews

Free, but you pay for maps and some routes 

 


Active travel / walkability

AppDetails
Journeys
iPhone

Free

The app can be used to plan journeys by foot or bike. You can set reminders for when you need to leave and can set regular journeys. You can also set goals and it will track activity and count carbon saved.

It was developed for the Scottish Government as part of the Greener Scotland Campaign encouraging us all to leave the car for short journeys.


Traveline Scotland 
Android and iPhone Windows

Free
Travel planner Comprehensive and reliable travel information to help plan your journey in Scotland. It includes walking directions to public transport and has a cycling option.
Walkit 
Android and iPhone

Free
The urban walking route planner Gives you a route map between any two points, including your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. Very reliable but limited coverage - currently Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen.
Ridescout Android and iPhone

Free
Search, Discover, Explore Ridescout is a free mobile app that provides real-time information on how to get around all transit, bus, bike, taxi, car share, rideshare, parking and walking directions in one view. Seems pretty nifty - but it’s US and Canada only at the moment! 
Walk score 
Android and iPhone 

Free

Live Where You Love Scores walkability of neighbourhoods. Not sure how reliable it is - seems to be based on Google map info - which is variable. Only US and Australia at present - UK not fully supported but you can generate interesting travel time maps. 

Walkonomics 
Android and iPhone

Free

How walkable is your street? Appears to just London at present in the UK but Walkonomics aims to rate the pedestrian-friendliness of every street in the world. It intends to harness the power of 'crowd-sourcing', social media and open data to become a self-organising system where users correct any inaccuracies or errors in street reviews.

 

 
Others

AppDetails

World Walking 
iPhone and Android

Free

Our Aims... are simply to Motivate Choose a virtual route to walk and start discovering its sights! Count your steps on a pedometer or use the app (uses GPS). Add your total onto your profile via the website or app. See where you and your group are now on your virtual map. Feel the benefits of a healthy heart.

Developed by the Inverclyde Globetrotters and supported / funded by Paths for All.

StepJockey 
Android and iPhone

Free
Rate your stairs for calorie burn A calorie tracker app that helps you rate the stairs in you r building and generate smart signs. “Gamify” your workplace - make the stairs your gym. The initiative is evidence-based and backed by the UK Department of Health. 

The Walk
Android and iPhone 

Paid £2.79

 It's time to walk for your life A mobile fitness app - the game was created with the help of the National Health Service.
A bomb explodes in Inverness station, and you're given a package that could save the world. To stay alive, you'll need to walk the length of the UK. We are told that the Walk is more than just a pedometer it's meant to turn walking into a journey, a challenge and a “rip-roaring adventure”.
Of course walking in some parts of Scotland has always been an adventure – in more ways than one.

Zombies, Run! 
iPhone, iPod Touch, & Android

Paid

Get Fit. Escape Zombies. Become a Hero No, not the last train to Fife on a Saturday night but a running game and audio adventure with the story delivered straight to your headphones.

As the name suggests it's for running rather than walking but it does sound fun.

Ingress 
Android and iPhone

Free

The world around you is not what it seems Ingress is an “augmented reality multiplayer online role playing GPS-dependent game”. The game has a “complex science fiction back story with a continuous open narrative establishing "portals" at places of public art, landmarks, etc.” Catch up with the back story hereKind of geeky – but if it gets you out and about why not?

 

StandApp 
iPhone

StandApp (StandUp – get it?) provides alarmed reminders to take standing breaks from your desk. StandApp includes 30 low to medium intensity exercises anyone can do at work. Users can set reminders as a timer or an alarm. Sitting is the new smoking so it must be worth a try.

Hill lists 
iPhone

Paid 59p
iPhone app for the keen hill baggers - data for a number of popular UK hill lists, including Munros, Corbetts, Marilyns. Recommended by walkhighlands – so perhaps the one for you if you are a confirmed lister. 

WalkTheDog 
Android

Free

The app simulates a virtual dog in your pocket that follows your activities during the day. It notices your movements like a pedometer or a stepcounter. If you don't move enough you have to take the dog for a walkie twice a day to stay healthy. You will get an Activity Report and a little graph shows your movements during the last hour. Are you a Lazy Dog or an Agile Dog?

Mixed reviews but sounded a bit of fun!

 

 



 

 

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