11 February, 2023
Smartphone navigation apps became popular and an add on handy tool in walker’s pocket. It is an alternative way to get a precise location, navigate or even follow a route while exploring the great outdoors.
They became a quick backup to other ‘traditional’ navigation tools. Indeed, digital mapping and navigation walking apps can be a lifesaver. However, like everything, they have their own limits. They won’t replace any preparation, good maps reading skills or a good leader in tougher mountains conditions or remotes area.
Nowadays, a collection of participative-based walking GPS apps and platforms flourished. Those are easily accessible from a smartphone, offering opportunities to find, prepare and share walks with like-minded people.
Visorando is one of them. Its community has been created by walkers for walkers in 2010 from a joint effort. With more than 25 million visits on the French website, and more than 1 million in the UK , Visorando is considered as the leading walking app in France. Since 2018, the community now extending to the UK and other countries too!
Based on the idea of sharing, the basic tools are FREE to use. However, to be able to offer detailed licensed maps such as OS Explorer and IGN maps and up-to-date tools, a membership is available.
★ Visorando offers a library of moderated walks.
Thanks to all the contributors, individuals and professionals, Visorando is on the way to creating a huge library of moderated walks. The site covers a wide range: from Sunday strolls to strenuous mountain hikes, long-distance trails and urban walks. They have chosen to donate of some of their time, a direct action as valuable as making donation. We all get rewarded for it in so many ways! Today it is possible to find a library of more than 3,000 moderated walks in English including more than 2,500 in the UK!
Visorando offers a selection of worldwide tracks, as well as the option to safely explore on your own – even off grid.
★ Visorando created a checking process curating the route publicly shared with the community.
A dynamic system has been co-developed with a team of volunteers where each walk goes through a quality process making sure a step by-step description has accurate combination with topographical mapping :
● Step 1: A walker submit his route with precise step-by-step description
● Step 2: A team of moderators volunteers to read and edit the walk following quality guidelines. As copyright is important, back and forth exchanges with the author are made.
● Step 3: The walk is then publicly selected, published and shared with the community and accessible to everyone.
● Step 4: Regular walker’s feedback who followed the walk helps to improve the description hand in hand with the author. If needed, a community manager can contact local authorities about any issues encountered.
★ Visorando is a whole Human experience
People join Visorando because they share the same passion, values, and vision with the founders: Fabien Biver (walking guide) and Arnaud Lecus (his tech-savvy cousin) are human-focused. Quality, innovation, collaboration, and transparency are at the heart of our dynamics. At Visorando, we believe that helping each other is a powerful key to evolve towards the same goals. After 12 years of existence, the aim is still the same: make it easy for everyone to share their love of walking, making sure this great activity stays accessible for everyone wanting to find, create and share walks safely.
We invite anyone to join our growing network of contributors in the UK by sharing some of their walks. If you wonder why, here are eight interests of publishing walks on Visorando.
With a people and nature-oriented vision, Visorando is aligned to a wide range of values that each of us might identify to. So next time you feel like exploring the great outdoors, remember that we are more than a walking app. So go ahead and find your next adventure on www.visorando.co.uk/ !
Visorando is the reference website and mobile app for outdoor activity routes. Our main focus is about walking, cycling and mountain biking tracks in the United Kingdom and France, and we include routes in other countries too. The site covers a wide range: from Sunday strolls to strenuous mountain hikes, long-distance trails and urban walks.
The quality of the tracks we offer is more important than everything else for us: each track is precisely described and accompanied by a route map. The mobile app helps you to follow the hike on the ground by showing your GPS location in real-time. With these features, millions of people enjoy new routes each year thanks to Visorando.
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