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If you’re reading this blog post on a fresh-out-the-box Christmas gadget such as a smartphone or tablet, then chances are you’re in search of cool things to do with your shiny new gizmo. But instead of waging feathery war in Angry Birds or rattling off another selfie in Snapchat, why not use your new device to get the most from your weekend daytrip or UK cottage getaway? There’s a plethora of travel and leisure related apps out there that can add a whole new dimension to your holiday if used properly, so put your feet up and enjoy our guide to some of the best apps that you should have with you on your next cottage holiday.

Wonderful Apps for Walkers


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If there’s one thing our customers are passionate about, it’s walking. Yet in these modern times, even the best walk can be made all the more rewarding if you’ve got the right kit with you. But with so many apps catered for ramblers out there, which one do you choose? Well, it really depends on the individual. If you see yourself as a bit of an innovator, then MapMyWalk may be the app for you. This nifty bit of software shows you not only where you’re going, but also records where you’ve been, so you can retrace your favourite steps and share them with others. Alternatively, if you’re more concerned with calories burned than how pretty the scenery is, Runtastic offers a wealth of great features including current speed, time and distance covered, so you’ll know exactly when you’ve burnt off the last of the mince pies!

Perfect Apps for Peddlers


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And no we don’t mean wheeler dealers! It’s no secret that cycling has undergone a renaissance over the past few years to regain the mantel of Britain’s best loved past time; but even the most perfect route can be enhanced by the use of a brilliant, and often free, mobile app. Two cycling apps that we think are essential for any two wheel enthusiast are Bike Doctor 2 and Bike Hub, which are available for iPhone and Android. Bike Doctor offers a comprehensive guide on bicycle maintenance, giving you the peace of mind you need to take a lengthier trip into the wilderness, whilst Bike Hub’s comprehensive GPS tracking and maps system is there for when you need to get home fast.

Find your perfect holiday cottage with the Sykes App

From the facts and figures of the Heritage App, to the uber-useful AA Parking Planner, there are thousands of apps out there that can help you enjoy a hitch-free holiday. And now you can now plan your dream holiday in the UK with the help of the Sykes Cottages app, ‘The Cottage Finder’– Give it a go today!

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