GPX Routes on Mobiles

How to use our free routes on your mobile?

Anyone used to written instructions will find it hard to see any value in gpx files . It's more fun to unravel text than follow an arrow on a device.

However, if you are tired of going wrong because of missing signs/clues or an instruction which is no longer valid, a gpx file will make you take the correct turn at the right time ,useful particularly in forests and fields

I have downloaded a route (gpx) file - now what ?

Your gpx file contains the route of a walk displayed on a map

It has to be unzipped. However, many apps see below - will automatically unzip the file!


Why is it zipped in the first place?

Unfortunately , some browsers, when trying to read a gpx file if unzipped, open it as text , which is very confusing.

On many devices you don't need to install an app to unzip.

It will automatically give you the option to import the file.


How to unzip?

On an Android use Androzip or Winzip

On an Iphone goto Winzip


How to view my Route file?

There are many apps to choose from - search for 'import gpx'

We recommend OSMAnd or Free Locus Map for Android and Ios

When you download the GPX file you mobile will automatically select the appropriate app!



Locus Map Free
Showing GPX Track in RED using TOPO map


Windows & Mac

Basecamp (Windows & Mac): website

Basecamp will show your gpx but it needs a map of the area.

We have produced a free map of Devon which can be downloaded and installed on Windows

Once installed select your map named Devon2015 (Garmin calls maps products)


How to use FIT files

With Garmin devices:

1) Connect device via USB to PC/Mac

2) Drop FIT file into \GARMIN\NEWFILES

3) On your device go:

Navigate,Courses and find your route ('course').

4) Some FIT files include directions and 'food' & 'water' stops.


How to view FIT files

Download our FIT Converter (Windows only)

Map of South West for Garmin Watches

We have created a special hiking map for watches clearly showing footpaths , bridleways and many long distance routes.

FREE Download


How to view KML files

Search the net for Google Earth , then download and install.

When you double click on a KML file , your computer automatically opens it on Google Earth.


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