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What is the best cheap and budget walking UK GPS units on the market?

What is the best cheap and budget walking UK GPS units on the market?

Mon 16th November 2015

As we enter 2016 we will look at the best cheap and budget walking GPS units on the market.


Lots have happened over the past 12 months which has brought some great GPS units on the market and it has certainly given you the buyer plenty of walking GPS options available.

But saying this in this article all the cheap walking GPS units we are looking at are great GPS models. We want you to buy a great walking GPS unit but at a cheap price and here at Shepherds Walks we will also teach you how to use your new walking GPS unit at no extra cost using some live webinars and step by step guides we have written for you.


- What is a Cheap GPS unit?


First of all I think we need to give a definition of cheap. Yes you can get a black and white walking GPS unit for £89.99 or £99.00 but honestly you might as well throw your money away.

To get a good walking GPS unit at the cheap end of the market I would fix the bracket between £169.99 and £250.00, this budget with get you a great GPS unit at a great price.


- So what cheap walking GPS units are on the market in 2016?


We currently stock (we being Shepherds Walks and our training company GPS Training) all the main GPS brands on the market – Garmin, Memory Map and SatMap.

Looking at this price bracket thankfully the best GPS brand completely dominates the market and this is Garmin. Both the other two makes (Memory Map and SatMap) are not in this price bracket and honestly the units reviewed below are better walking GPS units at a cheaper price so what else could you ask for?


- So what GPS units are on offer in this price range?


- Garmin eTrex 20x - £169.99 (with full UK maps and 1:25k map voucher card) -

The Garmin eTrex 20x is the cheapest GPS unit with a colour screen. What is the x all about?

The x was introduced a few months ago and it not has a better screen and more memory, a great improvement.

- Likes –

- Cheap colour screen GPS unit for walking with.

- Our units come with Garmin TOPO Active mapping which is great mapping which has the technology to give you turn by turn routing (like a car satnav).

- We include a 1:25k mapping voucher that enables you to download 3,000 sq km of 1:25k Ordnance Survey mapping onto the unit. This you can add to at a later stage.

- Dislikes –

- No electronic compass, we believe these are essential on an outdoor GPS unit for walking with.

- Not touchscreen, we all love touch screen GPS units.

- The joystick can be a little hard to use (especially when you have to push down on it)

- Garmin eTrex 30x - £209.99 (with full UK maps and 1:25k Ordnance Survey map voucher card) -

Similar looking and features than the Garmin eTrex 20x but it also has an additional altimeter that works using the air pressure and an electronic compass.

Likes –

- The Electronic Compass on a GPS gives you the accuracy you need when you make small movements.

- Our units come with Garmin TOPO Active mapping which is great mapping which has the technology to give you turn by turn routing (like a car satnav).

- We include a 1:25k mapping voucher that enables you to download 3,000 sq km of 1:25k Ordnance Survey mapping onto the unit. This you can add to at a later stage.

Dislikes –

- Exactly the same reasons as the eTrex 20x.

- Garmin eTrex Touch 25 - £219.99 (with full UK maps and 1:25k Ordnance Survey map voucher card) -

This stunning little GPS unit was launched the middle of this year and has certainly shook up the Outdoor GPS market, we love it.

It is certainly the next generation GPS unit.

Likes –

- Touch screen outdoor GPS unit.

- Great GPS not only for walking with but also for cyclists and geocaches etc. Just choose the profile as you switch it on.

- Comes with a built in electronic compass.

- Our units come with Garmin TOPO Active mapping which is great mapping which has the technology to give you turn by turn routing (like a car satnav).

- We include a 1:25k mapping voucher that enables you to download 3,000 sq km of 1:25k Ordnance Survey mapping onto the unit. This you can add to at a later stage.

- Price, you get lots for just over £200.00.

Dislikes –

- Not much to dislike about this unit but being picky it would be nice to have an altimeter that works using the air pressure.

- Garmin eTrex Touch 35 - £250.00 (with full UK maps and 1:25k Ordnance Survey map voucher card) -

Exactly the same as the Etrex Touch 25 but is has an altimeter that works using the air pressure and also has connectivity to smart phone and other GPS units using near field communication and Bluetooth.

Likes –

- We love the connectivity to the smartphone.

- All the reasons above (for eTrex Touch 25).

Dislikes –

- Not much to dislike with this unit.



- Summary – What is the best cheap walking GPS unit in the run up to Christmas? -


- If you are on a budget – Garmin eTrex touch 25 - £209.99 - more here


Please just give us a call on 01669 621044 and we can talk over the options available.


Donít forget if you buy from Shepherds Walks we teach you how to use the GPS in with the price.


- Free Webinars - worth £39.98 - to get you to grips with your new Garmin GPS you get FREE places on our two Webinars - Getting started with your Garmin GPS and Getting to know BaseCamp.

- Receive a FREE copy of getting started with Your Oregon 600 guide - compiled exclusively by GPS Training for our customers.

- Receive a FREE copy of our factsheet - Garmin BaseCamp explained. We have both PC and Mav versions of this factsheet.

- Receive FREE access to the Garmin GPS training - online resource (worth £11.99)

- FREE set up of your GPS unit (including installing and checking mapping card and setting unit up for UK) before it leaves GPS Training. So you take it out of the box and can start using it straight away.

- FREE ongoing support from our GPS training experts.

- Buy any GPS online from us and pay just £3.95 delivery. All GPS units are kept in stock and is sent out Royal Mail Special Delivery, so it will be with you the next working day (if ordered before 16.00).

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