I haven't been a fan of GPX tracks so far. A first experience with a Garmin could not really seduce me because of its user unfriendlyness : quite a heavy device, AAA batteries, a small screen and a very clumsy navigation. More was not needed to be discouraged.
However, a new smartphone appeared to offer more opportunities. Indeed, the GPS feature of our Nokia Lumia 520 allows to use it as a GPS device in the car, but also for recording and displaying GPX tracks. Apparently other smartphones have more or less the same possibilities.
On this page you will find a brief guide 'for beginners', which might offer you a first experience with' walking with GPX.
It is not a complete guide, which is valid for all devices and all softwares or applications that you can find on the market. But provided some research you can probably also use our experience to get started with your hardware and software. We assume here also that you are just looking for existing GPX routes. So we will not explain how you can record, edit and upload GPX tracks.
We have copied all of our GPX tracks on our Onedrive, where you can easily download them on your computer or smartphone.Warning: include(Cinque_Terre/includes/WLK_adsense_728.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /customers/3/c/7/coastalwalking.com/httpd.www/GPX_bib.php on line 131 Warning: include(): Failed opening 'Cinque_Terre/includes/WLK_adsense_728.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/share/php') in /customers/3/c/7/coastalwalking.com/httpd.www/GPX_bib.php on line 131
What do you need to load and view GPX tracks on your computer?
Below you see the result: the track with the corresponding OSM map and below the altitude profile of the track.
Out in the field, you obviously need a smaller navigation device. The most famous brand is Garmin. Many smartphones, however, have potential as navigation devices. Every smartphone captures indeed the GPS signal. The big advantage of smartphones is of course that you already have one with you. I personally use a Nokia Lumia, with a free app ("Run the Map"). The free maps from Nokia are not perfect, but still adequate.
To get the GPX-tracks on your smartphone, copy the link of our library in the browser of your smartphone. You just have to click the the track you want. Your smartphone will then ask you which app you want to use to open it. If you don't have one, look in the store for an app with GPX and take any free one.
Warning: A navigation device is a handy tool. A classic map (or a print of your GPX route) is always a good back-up !