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1.5. Routes

How to find routes

There are three ways to find routes to download and follow in ViewRanger:

The Discovery tab

Open the ViewRanger app and tap the signpost button in the top left corner, then scroll through the list of available routes.

You can move the map location at the top of the screen to search for routes in different locations, and zoom in and out of the map by pinching the screen to search a smaller or larger area. Once you’ve found a route you like the look of, open it up and download when prompted.

Discovery tab


The Search tab

If you know the name of the route you want to download, search for it directly by opening the ViewRanger app and tapping the search tab (magnifying glass icon) in the top menu. Tap the map icon next to the search box and change the search option to Routes, type in the name of the route and choose your favourite from the list of available options, then open it up and download when prompted.

Search tab


The my.viewranger.com website

Visit the http://my.viewranger.com website, select the ‘Find route’ option in the top menu, then search for routes using the interactive map, or by using the search boxes in the top-left corner.

Web route search

Once you’ve found a route you want to follow, open it up and select ‘Get this Route’ to add it to your account. To access this route in the ViewRanger app tap the menu button in the top-right corner (three dots), tap ‘Synchronize content’, then choose to ‘Upload routes’.

How to follow routes

Once you’ve downloaded a route you can access it by opening the ViewRanger app and tapping the profile icon in the centre of the top bar, where all of your routes are stored.

Select the route you want to follow, then tap ‘Start Route’. The route will now open on your map screen, with your position updating as you move along the route.

You can view full details of the route – such as photographs, text descriptions and waypoint information – by clicking through the route menu bar at the top of your map screen.  

The green arrow on your map screen always points in the direction you need to travel, and all of your trip stats – such as distances, speeds and altitudes – are visible when you tap the ‘Trip time’ button.

How to create your own routes

There are two main ways to create routes in ViewRanger:

In the app

To create a new route to follow, tap the + button in the bottom-right corner of the map screen then select ‘Create Route’.

Create route

You’ll be asked to enter a name for your route, and then it’s time to start plotting. When you tap the map screen for the first time two red icons will appear – a small one containing a blue circle, and a larger one containing four red arrows. The blue circle pinpoints the position of the next waypoint you’re about to create, and if you hold your finger on the red arrows you can drag and drop each waypoint exactly where you want it. Once you’re happy with the position of your first waypoint, tap the screen to move on to the next one, and keep repeating the process until you’ve completed your route.

You can zoom in and out of the map for more detail, pan the map screen to see the wider area around your route, and press delete if you want to undo anything. Once you’re happy with your route, tap Done and it will be saved under the routes tab in your profile, ready to follow whenever you need it.

Online at my.viewranger.com

You can add more detail to the routes you create by logging into your account at http://my.viewranger.com and using our online route editor.

To create a new route select the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, then choose to either ‘Create a route from scratch’, ‘Create a route from GPX’, or ‘Create a route from my ViewRanger track’.

Creating a route from scratch

Make sure your map is centred on the area you want to explore, then click the map to start creating your route. A red line will appear displaying your route, with a green icon showing the start, a red icon showing the finish, and a series of blue icons in-between showing each waypoint. You can click on each waypoint to edit them – adding descriptions, photos, audio files or bespoke icons – and selecting the ‘Route information’ button in the top menu allows you to add extra information including route name, activity type, difficulty level, main image and full route description.

To access your route in the ViewRanger app, tap the menu button in the top-right corner of the app (three dots), tap ‘Synchronize content’, then choose to ‘Upload routes’.

Creating a route from GPX

This is much quicker than clicking out your route on the map, because if you have a GPX file containing your route it can be uploaded in seconds. Select ‘Create a route from GPX’ from the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, browse your computer for the file you want to upload, then hit Upload. The line of your route will automatically appear on screen, and you can add extra information to it by either selecting ‘Route information’ in the top menu or clicking on each individual waypoint.

Creating a route from a track

Any track you record in the ViewRanger app can be converted into a route.

Select ‘Create a route from my ViewRanger track’ from the ‘Routes and Tracks’ dropdown menu, and you’ll see a list of all the Tracks you’ve recorded. Select the track you want to use, click ‘Create route from track’ and the line of your route will automatically appear on screen.

You can add extra information to it by selecting ‘Route information’ in the top bar or clicking each individual waypoint.

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