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Plan runs, rides and walks with this selection of navigation aids – all of which allow you create, follow and share hiking and cycling routes.

If you’ve never used an online mapping tool before, their interfaces take varying degrees of getting to grips with. All, however, share a similar system: you plot a dot-to-dot route using waypoints and the app automatically generates information on the route (distance, elevation, and sometimes duration).

Many of the apps described here can also be used as navigation aids when actually on the walk, although any digital tool should only be used a supplement to – not as a replacement for – being able to navigate with a paper map and compass.

This list of apps made up by The Guardian includes a couple of favourites - AlTrails and MapOut, but check out the whole story and links to the apps here.

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