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Placing the Via Francigena GPS route onto Offline Maps with Maps.me (iPhone & Android).

kiwiDavid

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Camino Frances 2012 - SJPP-Finisterre
Have wondered how to place GPS tracks onto offline maps and came across a great post - 'Melanie and Michael Go Walking' - their Blog mentions iPhone but it's good for Android too.Link below: https://memismsblogs.com/maps-me/
Great features mentioned by M & M are you don't need mobile data or connection and it will show you your position in relation to the VF by satellite. Downloading the Maps.me app and then emailing the VF KMZ files to my phone and opening them with Maps.me was pretty straight forward.Then just downloaded the offline maps around the route as it appeared. I placed both VF and Lightfoot routes alongside each other. NB:You can find VF & Lightfoot KMZ files on this Forum which worked for me but I had to open the files leg by leg (except for the Lightfoot ones - 2 files). PS: Hoping people won't think I'm way overthinking this but I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment and I love planning.
 
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Check out Windy Maps. Most major hiking trails are already on it.
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kiwiDavid

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Check out Windy Maps. Most major hiking trails are already on it.
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Thanks trecile - haven't heard of this one - will have to look it up.I liked the Wikiloc site mentioned by Melanie & Michael because of the great elevation profiles and you can use it on your PC.Would love to find one of these apps I can install on PC - Maps.me is only on mobile.
 
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gerardcarey

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As a fallback position perhaps consider the GPS app supplied through the official Via Francigena website.
I found the app, the download positioned at the bottom of the page, to be quite sufficient when I walked the Swiss section of the VF. (Use Google Chrome for the automatic translation)
The complete route from Canterbury to Rome is covered.

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evanscl

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Oct 2016
We downloaded the gpx files from vie.francigene.org onto our gps unit but only used it as a check, often followed our own route in france to avoid wandering around on the GR145. Also used lightfoot guides in france and switzerland but the italian one in italy, terremezzo, english lang. version. Took the IGN maps for france too, cut out the bits we needed. This was useful for working out more direct ways to get somewhere.
 

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Lot's of great information........Thank you all !
 

kiwiDavid

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Just a little add on: If you download the files from this link - https://www.caminodesantiago.me/com...z-files-for-google-earth-besancon-rome.63706/ - to your phone you can open them directly with Maps.me by clicking on them - it should then give you a choice what to open them with or say you don't have anything which will open them (if no Maps.me app click search - Maps.me should be one of the options) - click Maps.me and the route should open on the app.NB: You need to have Maps.me installed on the phone I think. Do this with each leg you want - then download maps surrounding the route for offline use.
 
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