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Following Your Route

You should have already followed the basic steps to get the app and download your tours. These more advanced guidelines will help you to follow your route, customise your view and use some of the other features available on the app.

On a Desktop or Laptop: Before You Travel

You will be emailed a link to your "list" of tours on your.macsadventure.com. You can also search the lists for your tour.

On your computer, before you travel, you should read over each daily tour. On many tours you can also use the 3D Flight button on the map to enjoy a 3D fly through of the route - a great way to start visualising your adventure!

On the App: Preparing to Follow Your Route

  • From the main app screen select the “Favourites” tab and click “Memos” where you will find all the downloaded routes for your trip.

Using the Details View

Details IOS Details Android

Tour Information

  • Before you travel, and before each day, carefully check over the details view.

  • This includes useful information about the distance and elevation of the day's route, a summary of the route, top tips and more.

  • Pay particular attention to the Description tab. Click to expand this to see the written turn by turn directions, which are a great backup if for any reason you are not able to follow the map, and can be particularly useful at the start and end of the day, in more built up areas where roads can be very close to each other on the map, or where the GPS signal could be interfered with by tall buildings.

  • We would also like you to read the information under the Safety Guidelines and Equipment headings carefully before you set off. If for any reason there is something to take caution about on the trail, our route finder will have noted it under Safety Guidelines, and of course it's good to know if there is any extra equipment we recommend for that particular day. 

Rate, Comment, Add Photo

  • To take a photo, click "Rate, comment, add photo" then the "Take a picture" button at any point during your trail to log a photo of a great view or memorable moment. (On an iPhone you may also have a step to click "Add a photo". Remember your photos taken through this function on the app will be available publicly.

  • After your day, or after returning from your trip, do Rate the trail or add any comments you think might be useful to future trail-goers. Maybe you found a hidden gem picnic spot, or advise extra time to take in an attraction. Comment here.

Share with Friends

  • The "Share with friends" tab allows you to share the trail on social media, or send the GPX track or a link to a friend by email.

Create Current Condition

  • "Create current condition" is a feature you could use to indicate, for example that the trail is particularly hot in the middle of the day in July. This could help others heading on the trail soon, or considering the right time of year, to prepare properly.

  • You can create a current condition at the time on the trail or in the evening after your day out on the trail by choosing either “Placing point on the map” or choosing “Use current location”.

  • Once you've pin-pointed the location enter the information about the condition as below. You can also add the weather at the time if relevant.

Using the Map View

  • Select your day’s route then click the “Map” tab to view the route and start point.

Map View Android Map View IOS

  • You’ll see a map view of the entire route, where the route will be marked with a red line, and the start with a green “S”. 

  • To locate yourself on the map, touch the crosshair button on the bottom left of your screen which will center you on the screen. Your current location will appear as a blue dot. 

Crosshair Andoird CrossHair iOS

  • Pressing the crosshair button once again means the screen will keep you centred in the map as you move. Pressing the crosshair another time will  rotate the map view so that the direction of travel (based on the way your device is pointing) will appear is what you will see on the map. Try all the views until you find one you are most comfortable using.

  • If you lose your position on the map at any point (for example you scroll off the side of the screen to investigate the surroundings), this button will relocate you at any time.

Customise Your View

  • We suggest you use the default map view (which will work robustly offline once you have taken these steps to save your tours), but you can also switch to satellite, google terrain or googlemaps views if you are connected to the internet.

  • You can click on the arrows icon at the top right of the map to see the map full screen. Particularly useful if you are cycling and simply want a clean map view.

  • You can use the compass too by clicking the icon (we recommend you use the compass outdoors or away from buildings as buildings can interfere with your phone's GPS).

Our Tips & Troubleshooting

  • Put your phone on flight mode to save battery charge and go “off grid” (no emails = the best possible adventure experience!).

  • In your phone settings make sure to switch “location” or GPS on.

  • Allow the app to access your location information.

  • We recommend taking a spare battery pack and a waterproof sleeve or case for your phone.

  • To send the app, or routes, to anyone else in your group select the “share with a friend” option on each tour.

  • If you’re travelling by bike, a handlebar mount to use with your model of smartphone will be very useful. Quad lock are an excellent choice.

  • To help save power turn the brightness down on your phone. 

  • Zoom in to view the map in greater detail. 

  • Have fun & enjoy!

Back to guidance on saving your daily routes to your device

Need assistance?

Head back to macsadventure.com/app for more resources, and if you have any questions or feedback, contact the team on hello@macsadventure.com

Accuracy

We walk the walks and pedal the miles to ensure that our route notes are as accurate as possible, however paths and routes can (very occasionally) change without prior notice due to weather, maintenance works, or unanticipated situations beyond our control. Distances & times are intended as a guideline only, and may vary after any minor detours, or depending on the GPS device used. To give feedback email hello@macsadventure.com or don’t hesitate to contact us on our office.

Our team are all specialists in different pieces of the adventure puzzle. Please get in touch if you want to book your next trip, or to talk to us about anything at all.

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