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MapsThere is only one choice of map: the Ordnance Survey Explorer. I know the Landranger covers a much larger area for the same sized piece of paper, but really, when it comes down to the detail, the Explorer version wins hands down.
GPSOnce we got going in this walking lark we started to venture out into the wilderness near our home in South Shropshire. We soon discovered that it was the easiest thing in the world to get lost. Not REALLY lost, but not able to find a particular footpath. We’ve spent many a time forcing our way through thickets and splashing our way across streams to get to where we wanted to go.
So I decided to buy a GPS. I went for a Garmin without too much thought about what I really wanted. I soon discovered that the model I bought (60CSx) didn’t actually show me where I was in relation to footpaths. It was very good showing me where I had been after the walk. So I changed to another - the Garmin Oregon 550T. This was much better and I was, with a spot of messing around of the firmware, able to display Ordnance Survey maps.
Eventually there came a time when I checked out the alternatives. Suddenly a smart phone seems to be worth a look. After all, I was carrying a phone with me (just in case) - don’t you? I opted for the iPhone 4S which, when it arrived and I installed a brilliant app called Viewranger, I realised I had just what was needed. The display was bigger than the Garmin, it was lighter, brighter and clearer. The only down side is that it’s not waterproof, but, on the rare occasions that I walk in the rain, a plastic bag keeps the phone dry. So in my view. it’s a no brainer. Get a smart phone and use Viewranger.