We now offer GPS route navigation on selected cycling holidays so even if you have no map reading skills whatsoever and have difficulty following directions to the end of the street - you won't get lost with Headwater!
We've teamed up with RideWithGPS to provide our comprehensively researched and carefully checked routes in an easy to use and convenient format, similar to a car satnav, with easy to follow turn-by-turn instructions all along your route.
Before you travel we'll send you everything you need to download your route notes and the free RideWithGPS app. It's available for iPhone and Android and the routes can also be used on any regular GPS device such as the Garmin Edge bike computers or Forerunner fitness devices.
Your route notes include everything you need for your holiday including details of where you stay, what you'll see along the way, contact details and (of course) instructions on how to follow our routes. You have the option to download all this information in PDF format, or print a hard copy if you prefer. You'll also be able to view your route on-screen prior to your holiday - zoom in and out, highlight particular days, see an overview of the tour, pick out where you'd like to stop each day, choose the places you'd like to visit along the way, and much more!
As a Headwater customer you have access to premium features within the app including the ability to download all the routes to your smartphone. This means that while you're out and about you won't need a data connection or wifi signal so, unlike Google Maps for example, you won't pay roaming charges or have to worry about loss of signal. You'll also enjoy our easy to follow turn-by-turn audio instructions, so you can turn off your display to minimise battery drain.
The app works in a similar way to a car satnav system - tracking your position along the route and providing clear spoken directions when necessary. There are lots of options to personalise it to suit your preferences and our local reps will go through these with you at the start of your holiday to ensure you're totally comfortable before you set off.
Our bikes are fitted with a handlebar mounted smartphone holder, so you don't need to worry about holding your phone (or keeping it clean and dry) whilst you're riding and, because the directions are spoken as you travel, you don't need to stop to check a map at every junction. If you do go wrong at any point the app will inform you that you've gone off route, so you can quickly backtrack and pick up where you left off; the only thing it won't do is re-route you.
With less need to stop and start whilst pedalling, you are left with more freedom to soak up your surroundings and enjoy the ride. We've included 'points of interest' along the routes to highlight the amazing scenery, fascinating architecture and quaint little villages that make Headwater cycling holidays so special.
We think that the RideWithGPS app and our carefully created routes are the perfect combination for a relaxed cycling holiday - and much better than struggling with a conventional map. No need to stop at every junction to check where you're heading, always up-to-date, no folding and unfolding of maps and no tatty bits of paper to lose!
If you're still not convinced then our reps can supply you with printed maps and detailed step-by-step route notes. They follow the same routes and have all the information you will need to get from A-to-B and we'll even fit an odometer to your bike so you can keep track of your position on the route.
If you do choose the paper option, why not have another member of your party armed with the RideWithGPS app too? We're sure that once you've tried it you'll be hooked - and you'll wish everyone offered this kind of service on their cycling holidays!