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Five ways to save on hiking from free walking apps to deals on boots


WANT some free bank holiday fun? Try getting out into nature for some exercise.

Recent studies suggest that middle-aged people should be aiming for 12,000 steps a day, rather than the 10,000 target that has been touted for years.

Want some free bank holiday fun? Try getting out into nature for some exercise.

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Want some free bank holiday fun? Try getting out into nature for some exercise.

With spring in full swing, get fit for less with these fab free walking apps . . . 

STEP TO IT: Download the Go Jauntly app for walking tours based on your location.

 Photo guides point out interesting bits and help you navigate.

Plus, you can add your own photos and notes and sign up to walking challenges or join in on circular routes.

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MAP IT OUT: Get Map My Walk and you can track your route, distance, pace, speed, elevation and calories burned.

You can also sync it with Fitbits or other wearable fitness tech. Do it with a friend and you can share your progress — and together you can really have a clear summer fitness goal in mind. 

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: No Fitbit? No problem. You can still use its app. Simply monitor your steps with the motion sensor in your phone — just pop it into a pocket or bumbag when walking.

Select the “no Fitbit yet” option and you can still see route, time, distance etc. 

METER BY METER: The Walkmeter app is a fun tool to help you on your walking workout.

It helpfully links to Google Maps and you can even set it to “race”, if you’re trying to do the same route a bit quicker, so you can compare.

It’s a bit more advanced and can track terrain and heart rate but it’s a great app if you’re already a 10k-stepper and you want to progress.

PUT THE BOOT IN: If you’re taking your steps seriously, you’ll need the gear. Luckily there are some very affordable footwear ranges available right now.

At Shoezone, the Ascot Shadow men’s lace-up hiking trainers are £29.99, while its boots start at £39.99.

 Meanwhile at sportsdirect. com you can find boots reduced to £18 in its sale.

  • All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

Save £3.49 on Aoura Midnight Passion eau de parfum at Boots

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Save £3.49 on Aoura Midnight Passion eau de parfum at Boots

SPRITZ with Aoura Midnight Passion eau de parfum (100ml), now £12.50 at Boots, down from £15.99.

SAVE: £3.49

Cheap treat

Get your motorised Hexbug for just £4.99

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Get your motorised Hexbug for just £4.99

LITTLE ones will love this self-propelled, motorised Hexbug micro ant toy, £4.99 from hexbug.com.

WHAT’S NEW?

HEAD to Homebase for some bargains this weekend, with 20 per cent off Sophia furniture, including this scalloped occasional sofa, down from £225 to £180.

Top swap

Save £19 by swapping Akori Cheery Blossom gin, right, for Aldi's version on the left

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Save £19 by swapping Akori Cheery Blossom gin, right, for Aldi’s version on the left

TICKLE your taste buds with Akori cherry blossom gin, right, £29.99 from Amazon for a 70cl bottle, or save with Aldi’s version, left, which is £10.99 for 50cl.

SAVE: £19 (for 20cl less)

Shop & save

Spicy Drums plant-based drumsticks from Iceland with a £2 saving

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Spicy Drums plant-based drumsticks from Iceland with a £2 saving

GRAB two 270g packs of Oumph! Spicy Drums plant-based drumsticks from Iceland for £5, usually £3.50 each.

SAVE: £2 on two

LEAH’S LITTLE HELPER

PICK up a discounted wipes pack at Asda as part of its Baby Event.

WaterWipes sensitive newborn (60-pack) are now £2, down from £2.95, while Huggies pure extra care (56-pack) are reduced from £2 to £1.30.

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