We provide digital mapping files for each of our walks. Walkingworld walks also come with a paper map and a photographed step-by-step route guide. We strongly encourage you to print out and take these with you, even if you have loaded the walk into your GPS.
The digital mapping files will import into a number of applications which will allow you to transfer them to your GPS. Some of these are listed below. In most cases you simply select the type of GPS you have (e.g. Garmin) and type of connection (e.g. USB) and the program will transfer data to and from the device. Although some programs will allow you to do a straight import/export to your GPS we recommend that you import them first into a digital mapping application, so you can review the route on a detailed map and add any extra waypoints or escape routes that you want.
If you are Walkingworld subscriber you have a choice of GPX, RXF and MMO files for each walk. GPX and RXF are standard route transfer formats, while MMO is Memory-Map’s special format. If you buy walks individually then the MMO and RXF files are the only available formats, although they can be converted into other formats using Memory-Map or Quo (see below).
Simple transfer programs
There are various simple and often ‘free to download’ utilities for managing waypoint data and exporting it to your GPS. GPSU
are two of the most popular. Such programs will generally import our GPX and RXF file formats, though they may create a waypoint set rather than a linked route.
Digital mapping programs
makes a good utility for exporting Walkingworld routes to your GPS even if you buy no detailed mapping for it. The full version is free to download with no time or functionality limitations. There is a simple system for buying and downloading tiles of Ordnance Survey mapping so you can add just the areas you want at low cost. Quo’s Ordnance Survey mapping is the least expensive of all the digital mapping programs – for instance you can buy a DVD of Quo with 1:50,000 OS Landranger scale for all of Great Britain for just £100 or all of Britain's National Parks for just £20 (look for our special deals on these when you subscribe to Walkingworld). Quo also has the advantage of a special function which allows you to search for Walkingworld walks directly from the map page and – if you are a Walkingworld subscriber – import them directly into the program. Quo will import all the route file types we provide, though we would recommend using the GPX or MMO.
is a long-standing digital mapping program for which you can buy standard Ordnance Survey mapping at 1:50,000 Landranger and 1:25,000 Explorer scale, as well as IGN mapping for France. The MMO files we provide will import into Memory-Map v.5, as will the GPX files. If you have an earlier version of Memory-Map you should use the RXF file instead. Memory-Map is probably the easiest of the digital mapping programs to use but you do pay a premium for this when you buy the OS mapping. However the entry-level National Parks CD with Landranger mapping for all of Britain’s National Parks is good value at around £30 and will act as a convenient utility for transferring walks even if they are outside the Parks. You can also search for Walkingworld walks using the overlay of walk starts – more about this
is another popular digital mapping application with a clear and simple route planning interface, straightforward connection to your GPS and an online system for buying Ordnance Survey maps and downloading them straight into the program. Price-wise it lies between Quo and Memory-Map for OS mapping. You can download a fully functioning version of the software and use it before buying detailed OS mapping. If you are using Anquet download and import the GPX file we provide.
is a mobile phone application for Symbian smartphones (e.g. Nokia), iPhone and Android. It displays 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scale Ordnance Survey mapping as well as mapping for a wide range of European countries. You can search for nearby Walkingworld walks directly from the phone and download them into the software complete with instructions and the route for display on the map. Doing so is free for Walkingworld subscribers after you have set up your login in your Viewranger account. You can also copy the GPX file for a walk onto your phone card and import it into the software.
Mac and iPhone
have iPhone applications and Anquet has a Mac mapping program. ViewRanger is also available for the iPhone. As well as these RouteBuddy
provides route plotting on the Mac and display on an iPhone of 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scale Ordnance Survey mapping. You can import our GPX files into both the Mac and iPhone applications.
If you have a SatMap
you should download the GPX file for the walk and use the transfer software provided by SatMap to export it to the device. Currently the GPX file only contains the waypoint positions but we are hoping that an upcoming release of the SatMap software will allow you to export the instructions and waymark pictures as well.
If you transfer more than one route at a time into your GPS the GPS will probably automatically renumber the waypoints. This can make them more difficult to find. We recommend keeping both your digital mapping application and GPS relatively 'clean' by deleting any routes and waypoints you are not immediately using. Even so it is worth renaming sets of waypoints so they are easily identified - more advice on this
The MMO and RXF files we provide include the walk instructions for each waypoint in the 'Comments' field. Sometimes these will not export properly to your GPS and you may need to delete them. You can do this in Memory-Map by opening up the Properties for each waypoint and deleting the comments, and you can do similarly in other applications. More about this
Finally please note that the digital mapping files are routes made up of a series of waypoints and exactly correspond to the waymarks in the printout guides and map. Note that when you follow the route on a GPS it will give you an ‘as the crow flies’ direction to the next waypoint - it will not follow the exact pathway on the ground – which is why you need the printed map and instructions as well.