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iFootpath features in Best Apps for Family Holidays

Holiday cottage letting company has compiled a list of the best apps for family holidays and we’re delighted that iFootpath has made the cut. Having been successfully letting properties in popular UK holiday destinations for over 30 years, they certainly should know a thing or two about holidays. 


As the article explains, in this day and age if we need to know something we turn to our smartphones. Whether that’s where the nearest pub is, what good walking routes are in the area or whether a beach is dog-friendly – no doubt your smartphone helps you keep the kids entertained too. We’ve sourced some of the very best apps for family holidays.

picture best apps for family holidaysThe full list includes an app to help with the packing and a game to keep the kids entertained in the car. Once at your destinations there are apps to find local heritage sites, walks, car parks, restaurants and dog-friendly beaches. Sounds like my kind of holiday! says about iFootpath: the app makes planning a walking route really simple and gives you all the information you’d expect to see in a guide book, but at the touch of a button. You can browse nearby routes to find the type of walk you’d like, from historic town walks to cross country rambles and coastal strolls. The app is made up of beautiful imagery, step by step guides and real-time progress! You can even create your own walking routes to share with others. The app is just £1.49!

We are so pleased you like what we’re doing and thanks for including iFootpath in your list.

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