The iWalkCornwall App contains over 231 walks ranging from 2-10 miles and totalling 1114 miles of walking potential. The walks are classified by length, steepness grade, type of scenery and of course, where the pub stops are.
The great thing about this App is that you get to choose which walks are closest to your holiday cottage or simply just right for you and keep them stored in your phone to use time and time again, instead of purchasing a book that has 50 or so walks that may or may not suit your preferences or ability.
Each walk is from £2.99 to purchase and is yours to keep safely in your walking library and the app also includes a complimentary walk of Lanhydrock Gardens and a simulation mode for you to try the functionality before you buy further walks.
If you also use a smart watch that is paired with your phone then this makes things even easier again as the App sends gentle notifications to your wrist where you can read the next set of directions, learn interesting facts about the section of Cornwall you are currently in and receive alerts when if you begin to stray off course.
“The iWalk app is effectively a “SatNav” for walking, providing detailed directions and information about the local area, based on your current location but doesn’t talk at you, allowing you to enjoy your walk in peace.”
Rather than having to continually check in with your book to make sure you are still on the right route you can relax and enjoy your surroundings with the security of knowing that the app will prevent you from wandering miles off route or getting lost.
I decided to try the app out for myself and chose an area of Cornwall that I absolutely love but am not familiar with to see whether it was as useful and reliable as it purported to be. After downloading the App I opened it up and took a look at the map of Cornwall and decided where I wanted to go – I chose the Helford River on the South Coast – a 4.4 mile walk with a moderate walking grade.
Having purchased the “Porthallow to Gillan” walk the App gave me detailed directions to locate the starting point and we headed out with the dogs for the day. I have an Apple watch and this made the walk so easy to follow, whilst remaining totally unobtrusive. Throughout the walk the App gave us lots of interesting historical facts about the area and reminded us on more than one occasion that we had strayed from the route.