iFootpath walks all have detailed Getting There information; a paragraph setting out how to get to the start of the walk, together with parking and public transport options where available. This section of our guides will also explain key information like seasonal opening times or parking fees to help you plan your walk. But there is an extra function for iFootpath App users - you can tap the Driving Directions button and use Google or Apple maps to get a detailed driving route from your current location to the walk's start point (or the recommended nearby parking).
Please read the Getting There information paragraph in full before tapping the Driving Directions. This will make sure you don’t get any surprises at the other end; like a seasonal closure, unexpected parking fee or heritage rail journey. When you get to the Driving Directions destination, then you can open the iFootpath App GPS map and check the exact location of the start of the iFootpath walk – the Go point – from where you can begin your walk.
Team iFootpath (Richard and Claire!) have been through all 1,000+ walking guides to check the best parking arrangements in each case. We have added a driving destination location that we believe will best help you park and then find the start of the iFootpath walk. We will, of course, do the same with all newly published walks too. Lots of walks have a car park as the starting point of the walk, so the parking destination and the starting point for the walk are one and the same. There are many walks where this is not the case though, for example, city and town walks, walks that use heritage railways to access a remote start point, long distance trails or walks that start from a pedestrianised area. In these cases, we have chosen an appropriate destination where you should be able to park. Please note that there are some walks in central London where parking is almost impossible so, as advised in the Getting There paragraph, we would always recommend using public transport to access these walks.
Tapping the Driving Directions button will take you away from the iFootpath App and will open the Google or Apple Maps App on your phone. Google or Apple maps will provide you full driving directions – indeed it will act like a SatNav – to take you from your current location to the programmed destination. Remember that Google and Apple maps are great, but not always foolproof for every single journey (like any SatNav), so use your common sense whilst driving. Do not allow yourself to be taken the wrong way down a one-way street or into a pedestrianised zone!
If you do not have a suitable app on your phone, you should be directed to the App Store on your phone where you can download a mapping App.
If the navigation route chosen by Apple or Google maps is wrong, there is probably not a lot that we can do, as the Apple or Google App generates the route (not iFootpath). However, if the destination location is not correct (maybe a car park is closed, for example) then please do get in touch and we can update the Driving Directions destination for that particular walk.
If you have walks that were downloaded to your App Library before we launched this feature (in Sept 2018), the Driving Directions feature will work, but you need to take an extra step. On the Library page, tap the Refresh button to download the latest version of the walk. This refreshed version of the walk will include the correct Driving Directions destination. Refreshing the walks in your Library regularly is always good practice anyway, as it will make sure you have any walk updates we have made (to the directions, photos, map or access information).
Karen K February 2019
I've used this App for several years now & love it. Love the way you constantly up date & add to it & love the blogs. Best walking/hiking App ever.
Newsletter Feedback January 2019
I absolutely love this app. I love all the feedback and it has literally changed my life. Thank you !!!!
Apple App Store Review (Canada) 2018
I used it for two weeks when I was on holiday on the UK and I found it reliable and accurate. The descriptions of landmarks was spot on. I enjoyed the walks all the more because there was no worry about getting lost. The historical notes and various “insider knowledge” enhanced my appreciation of the beautiful landscapes. Highly recommended, worth every penny. I just wish I had something like this where I live in Canada.
Google Play 2018
Best walking app I've used, the routes have always been better than expected. Not only are they picturesque, they are also easy to follow.
Google Play 2018
Loving this app. Initially had a few glitches but these all went away after a bit of tweaking the settings. I have used the app for 6 walks so far and have discovered lovely local walks that I would have never known about. The walk descriptions and directions have been really accurate. The live map has been helpful in checking that I haven't gone off course.
Newsletter Feedback 2018
Just completed my first walk using the @ifootpathuk app on my phone. A nice walk and we didn't get lost (as I have no sense of direction whatsoever that is high praise!) #hiking #Snowdonia #walking #adventure
Twitter Feedback 2018
Google Play Review 2018
Super fast help to sort out my problem. Well done and nice friendly reply as well.
Help Centre August 2018
Super fast help to sort out my problem. Well done and nice friendly reply as well.
iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!