Let’s set the scene. It’s been another wonderful Christmas day, presents have been given and received to great appreciation from all, a delicious lunch has been served and eaten, and a film has been picked and enjoyed by the whole family. What now? How do you carry on the festive goodwill through into Boxing Day and beyond? Well, we have the answer for you. A long and lovely stroll. In this article, we look through the best platforms to find the walk that will make this a festive break to remember for all the right reasons, along with being a great way to stay active over the break and into the new year.
Although there is an app for everything now, there aren’t many more useful than the ones that supply maps and directions straight to your phone. By having these apps on your phone, you’ll be in great standing, wherever your boxing day walk will take you.
Seen by many as the quintessential British mapping service, Ordnance Survey mapping now also comes in app format and is the ideal download for finding your perfect walk for Boxing Day and beyond. Working across all devices, the app has hundreds of thousands of ready-made UK routes available as well as the option for you to plot a walking route that works for your party. There is also the option to download or print off the maps you will be using, meaning you can access your route even if you’re in a signal-free area. The phone app also has a premium version which has a range of features including an AR Mountain viewer, along with the Aerial 3D Layer technology.
Detailed covering for over 23 countries with different mapping systems (including Ordnance Survey maps, Harvey maps at both Superwalker 1:25,000 and British Mountain at 1:40,000 scale), this app will sort both Boxing Day walks, as well any other upcoming trips you may have planned. Similar to the OS app, the Viewranger app works across both OS and Android phones, as well as tablets, and desktop computers, and has the option to download and store your maps so that they can be used without signal.
Whether it’s for Boxing Day walks, a romantic adventure, or a long-distance hike, this app will find the route that suits you best. Although Komoot is primarily used for cycling, it has the ability to tailor the ideal walking day out for you and your party, using the routes with the most enjoyable views and walking terrains. It has a wide range of features, including journey saving software, turn by turn voice navigation, photo sharing with other users of the app, and also can sync to a wide range of health and fitness apps.
Whether it’s a walk with the little ones or just those that love to explore, Geocaching is the walking route app that can transform your boxing day walk into a treasure hunt in your local area. With millions of Geocaching worldwide, you won’t need to travel far to discover a new amazing site or unlock a little piece of history. The app can even gamify your walk, allowing you to log game piece
Looking for a walking route planner app that gives your new favourite trek a more personal touch? Not only does the Ramblr App allow you to plan and create your walk with the Track Editor feature, but it also gives you access to a library of reviews of walks you’re interested in, and enjoy unique perspectives even before you’ve left the house. You can also document your own walking experiences and adventures, and become part of the Ramblr family.
For those that like to both prepare and compare, this list of websites not only has useful reviews from experienced walkers, but some also involve curated lists of the best festive walks across the country.
It won’t surprise you to learn that the BBC’s flagship UK wildlife show, which has been running for over 30 years, has its own website. It’s an excellent resource for all things British countryside, with information on walking routes, foraging guides, methods of green travel, and seasonal recipes. They also have a page dedicated to the best nationwide boxing day walks, including highland strolls, coastal routes, and countryside adventures.
A charity that has been around for over a century and the most prestigious nature and wildlife heritage foundation across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland (Scotland also has it’s own National Trust). Its website has something for everyone, including a range of winter and festive walks, broken up across the countries’ different regions. It also has a bucket load of information on the part you can play in helping out with the conservation of both the UK’s most historic and green areas. If you are a big fan of long walks and staycations, it may be worth becoming a National Trust member. Click here for more information.
A website that has over 2,000 walks and 23,000 pages of walking information, this is a great place to get the inside scoop on the UK’s top walks from some of the UK’s most experienced ramblers. Once you find a walk you like, Walking Britain has GPX versions of every Map, meaning you’ll be able to print off your route and be ready for Boxing Day and New Year adventures.
Whilst the routes will be too long for Boxing Day walks, this website has an in-depth look into the 16 National Trails of Britain. Whether you plan to make it a day of walking or just an hour’s stroll, you’ll be able to find the routes you want plus so much more.
Staying in a city or a town over the festive season but still want to go for a stroll? With the City Walks website, you’ll be able to a new side of the place you live in, and will also be able to speed time with your loved ones.
Given their immense size, and the fact there are 15 of them across the UK, planning a walk in a National Park can be tricky. They do however offer up some of the most beautiful walks and would make for a perfect stroll for the 26th of December onwards, so it’s worth checking out the National Parks websites, so you can find all the up to do information, and the best places to walk if you decide to make the trip over.
Want to discover walks in a more traditional way? Whether you’re looking for a nationwide map of walks or just a specific area, we are proud to say that we offer an extensive selection of Ordnance Survey Maps both online and in-store. It could be the perfect starting point to a walk you’ll remember for a long time.