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Surfing, geocaching and foraging; the apps that'll get you outdoors

It's officially warm enough to go outside without a coat on. If you're hoping to make the most of the weather but need some tech to get you started, here's our pick of the apps that should get you outdoors. 

For the treasure hunter - Cachly (£3.99 for ios)
Geocaching is sort of like a worldwide treasure hunt. There are lots of 'caches' hidden all over the country, and using Cachly you can follow the clues (and use your GPS) to find them. There is an official geocaching app, but we like Cachly as its just a one off payment rather than a subscription.

To find the surf - Magic Seaweed (Free for ios and Android)
If the sea is more your scene, Magic Seaweed is a great way to keep an eye on the surf. You can check the forecasts, how high the waves are going to be, the wind and the tide. You can also view the live reports from a beach, and even check the webcam for a beach in real time.

For the adventurous walker - iFootpath (£1.99 for ios and Android)
This app is essentially a massive library of walking guides, combining traditional step-by-step guides and user-uploaded routes. The app uses GPS to direct you through the walks, with photographs against each step. It also gives you a difficulty rating for each walk. You can even add your favourite walks to the collection.

To find the snacks - Wild Edibles Forage (£5.99 for ios, £3.86 for Android)
There are a lot of foraging apps out there, but Wild Edibles is our pick of the bunch. It uses clear photos, in-depth descriptions of each plant and details of where it can be found. You can also add your own notes against each plant. Great for identifying and recording any plants that you come across.

For the amateur photographer - Yonder (Free for ios and Android)
If you can't head into the great outdoors without snapping a thousand photos, this is the app for you. You can search for nearby 'experiences' using the map feature, and then see photos and comments from other users. You can also take your own photos, check in at a location, and add to the app.

To find a place to kip - WikiCamps UK (£0.99 for ios and Android)
If you're looking for somewhere to stay, WikiCamps is a really useful app. You can search for campsites using a map and filter the results depending on your requirements; then just follow their directions to the place you want. It also works offline; vital if you're heading off into the wilderness (or at least somewhere without signal).

The Best All Rounder - ViewRanger (Free for ios and Android)
This is a seriously comprehensive app. You just pop in the activities you might fancy doing (biking, hiking, hang gliding, hot air ballooning etc.) and your location, and the app will show you the best cycle routes, walks and hot air balloon trips in your chosen area from users. Perfect for exploring new areas. 

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