6th August 2014

GeoVation winner Medal Routes launches app


Medal Routes LogoRamblers Scotland one of our most recent GeoVation Challenge winners has steamed ahead since receiving the £28,000 in funding from the ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain Challenge to develop Medal Routes App.

Rob Burns and Jeannie Cranfield submitted the idea to develop a mobile app to add to the existing Medal Routes website. Medal Routes already uses Ordnance Survey data to map three short (15, 30 and 60 minute) circular walks from identified walking hubs to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. Printed tear-off maps and A5 leaflets are available at each hub and also online.

So the day after the 2014 Commonwealth Games drew to a close, Ramblers Scotland launched the new mobile phone app. The app enables users to follow new walking routes and create their own. The app is part of the Ramblers Medal Routes project and part of the 2014 Games legacy.  Walking is the best way to stay fit and maintain a healthy life style.

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Rob Burns, Medal Routes Project Officer said:

“We are delighted to launch our Medal Routes walking App as a way of kick-starting the physical activity legacy from the successful Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  This free Medal Routes walking app encourages everyone to do more walking in their local area as part of their daily lives.  It is based on our Medal Routes project, which has been running since October 2011 and helping to deliver legacy benefits from the 2012 Olympic and 2014 Commonwealth Games.  

“This project has already created over 360 routes, all under 3 miles long, mapped by volunteers in their local areas.  Routes are split into three groups; Bronze (approx. 15 minute walks) Silver (approx. 30 minute walks) and Gold (approx. 60 minute walks).   App users will gain Medals every time they walk one of these routes and will get their name on to the Medal Routes leader board.  As well as these Medal Routes, users can also add their own walks through the App to help others explore all parts of Scotland. 

“The app enables users to set themselves personal goals and to monitor their success as they achieve them.  They can set a target to walk the length of the West Highland Way or simply burn off enough calories to treat themselves to a tasty slice of cake with friends.”

Rob Burns added:

App preview for medal routesThe Medal Routes app is a starting point on the road to a healthier and fitter lifestyle and it is hoped that app users will be inspired by winning Medals through the app.  By the time the next Commonwealth Games take place in Australia’s Gold Coast, we hope that Scotland will be a much fitter and healthier nation as a legacy of the Glasgow Games, and our App will be part of that process.”


The Medal Routes app has lots of other fantastic features and is free to download on all Apple and Android devices and can be found through the App Store or Google Play.