Ramblers Cymru announces phone app designed to get people out and walking.
The Ramblers, or specifically Ramblers Cymru, are hurtling headling into the white heat of 21stCentury technology with the launch of a new mobile app designed – and we quote – 'to help people to stick to those New Year’s Resolutions and walk their way to health'.
Set to be launched on 27 January, the free Big Welsh Walking Challenge app can be 'downloaded directly to your mobile phone' and will, it says here, 'take people from first steps to more heart-raising routes'.
The idea is that every day, the app sets the user a new challenge, and builds up gradually as it progresses. So early in it might challenge you to 'walk briskly for 30 mins', while by the end of the 12-week period, it could throw out something like 'solo an 8,000 metre peak in winter conditions without oxygen'. Or maybe not.
At any rate, the app is sponsored by Sport Wales and can help people to build up their fitness in preparation for the BIG Welsh Coastal Walk Challenge, which will mark the opening of the Wales Coast Path on 5 May. At that point, Wales will become the first country to have a complete coastal path.
Angela Charlton, Director of Ramblers Cymru, said:
“This new mobile phone app is a great way for people to stick to those New Year’s Resolutions and get that little bit healthier.
“Wales is a great country for walking and we hope that this new app will help even more people to discover why walking is such a good tonic for mind, body and soul.”
You can register your interest for the BIG Welsh Coastal walk challenge at www.ramblers.org.uk/wales.
App available initially for iPhone via the iTunes store, but as far as we can tell, not yet.