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Monday, 27 February 2017

My Top 5 Apps for Anyone Who Loves the Outdoors

I'm sure I'm not alone in admitting that I rely on my phone (probably more than I should!) in everyday life, but especially when I'm outside and around the yard...

I've considered my top five apps that I probably use & think anyone who enjoys being outside could also install.

BBC Weather

OK, so maybe us equestrians are slightly fixated on this one more than most, but it's very useful for anyone who isn't a couch potato... & I'd be very surprised if anyone reading this didn't already use a weather forecaster of some description...

Firstly, you can set up a number of locations that you can check in a second to find out just what the weather is doing at any given moment - & I've found it to be fairly good at showing a 10-day forecast too.

The app breaks out the weather forecast for the next 3 days by the hour, showing max & min temperature, cloud coverage, wind speed, humidity, visibility & pressure - even I'm not obsessed enough to need all of this!!

But if it's the middle of Storm Ewan where you are, it's not always a great idea to remind yourself just how beautiful it is in your favourite holiday destination...


It's not just for cyclists or runners, it's a great app for while ever your spending time outside. You can basically track anything that you do to understand how far you've gone, not in steps, but in miles or kilometres. 

You can simply set this off when you start your ride, or when you arrive at the yard, or walking the dog, taking a stroll on the beach... You can track anything & everything!! 

It does have pre-set activity setting, but I always just choose what is the closest to what I'm doing. If I'm going out for a hack and want to know how far I've gone, even if it is just doing fitness work around a few fields, or would like to know my speed at certain points, I just set Strava to 'Cycling', and away I go!

Once you start tracking, you'll not go back...& you'll be amazed just how far you actually walk doing everyday yard jobs!


I've always loved Twitter, but sadly it seems to have a distinct taste of marmite - people love it, or they really hate it!

If you always remember that it is a micro-blogging platform, you can't really go wrong. Twitter offers functionality to create lists - it's a great feature! You can follow lots of other people, from all different topics and interests, segment them into lists, then view all the tweets from on area, rather than scrolling through your 'Home' tab and filtering out what you actually want to see in that moment.

Right, great. How is that helpful?

Well, it is. I have a list of all the equestrian bloggers I follow, so I can quickly view the list, and catch up on all they've been up to. I have another list created that contains horsey news site, so when I'm on my lunch or making a coffee during the day, I can have a quick flick through & see what's going on in the world!

(Oh, & don't forget to give me a follow if you're on twitter! 😉)


Maybe one for off your horse, but could easily be done by horseback...

The concept of Geocaching was shown to me by my cousin at my Grandpa's funeral...I know, it sounds odd. But as these days are, sometimes some fresh air can do you the world of good. Plus with them living in Cornwall, it's not often we get to spend a lot of time together.

Bascially, it's a user generated treasure hunting app that uses GPS to function. Take a look at what's involved...

While I don't use this app every week, or even every month, it is a great way to explore the countryside around you, especially if you're visiting a new place.

Sky Guide

OK, so this is definitely the geek in me coming out...I LOVE on a clear night looking up at the stars. I find it a really great way to clear my head & relax. 

If you like doing something similar, this app is for you - load it up, point it to where you're looking, and it will tell you all there is to know about the sky at that point in time. 

It shows you not only star constellations, but planets, galaxies, satellites and many, many more that's going on in the sky right above you.


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