Best smartwatches for hiking

Smartwatches make navigating the great outdoors simple and enjoyable. Here's our pick of the best devices for anyone ready to do some exploring.

What to look for

Built-in GPS

Track your location and record your distances with built-in GPS technology, helping you hike with confidence.

Data plan benefits

Connect your smartwatch to our network for half price - with selected Xtra Plans.

Heart rate monitoring

Keep track of your health throughout your journey with heart monitoring features.

Seamless smartphone pairing

Sync with your smartphone to receive texts, emails and social media notifications while you're out hiking. All thanks to our OneNumber Connectivity Plan.

Apple smartwatches for hiking

Apple Watch SE series

  • GPS + cellular connectivity to help you navigate the trail¹

  • Hike Smarter with built-in compass

  • Retina display makes your maps clear and easy to follow

  • Long-lasting battery powers you through long hikes⁷

  • Stream content from Apple Music while you're on the move³

With powerful features to help keep you connected, active, healthy and safe, Apple Watch SE is the perfect partner for your favourite trail. Track your hike with the built-in Workout app and view your elevation changes in real-time thanks to an always-on altimeter. You can also challenge your friends to competitions, to see who can hike the furthest distance and burn the most calories. Your maps will look vivid and clear thanks to the retina display, and with in-built GPS you can easily navigate the toughest terrains. Plus, you can stay on top of your health while you're on the trail, with high and low heart rate and irregular heart rhythm notifications¹. And with the Apple Watch Nike SE model, you can access the Nike Run Club app ­- the perfect way to record your hiking adventures.

Apple Watch Series 7

  • GPS + cellular connectivity for navigating the trail¹

  • Heart rate monitor tracks calorie burn during a hike

  • View stats such as distance and elevation in the fitness app

  • Stream content from Apple Music to keep you motivated

  • Largest display yet lets you view your progress quickly and clearly

  • All-day battery life and faster charging for long distance hikes⁷

  • Emergency SOS and fall detection keeps you safe whilst you're exploring¹⁰

  • Always-On Retina display with 20% more screen area than Series 6

  • All-day battery life and faster charging for long journeys

Take your hiking journeys to the next level with the Apple Watch series 7. Track your outdoor walks with the fitness app and view your progress and trends on a larger, Always-On retina display. Keep a close eye on your health while you hike thanks to on-demand readings of your blood oxygen, as well as background readings, day and night². And with the ECG app, you can take an accurate ECG reading anytime, anywhere³, helping you to monitor your heart on strenuous, long distance hikes. Series 7 is also the most durable Apple Watch yet, with a robust, sturdy design that lets you hit the toughest trails. Plus, with the Apple Watch Nike Series 7 model, you can use the built-in Nike Run Club app to improve your hiking performance and achieve your goals.

Android smartwatches for hiking

Samsung Galaxy Watch4

  • GPS + cellular connectivity²

  • Uses Samsung Health

  • ECG measurements¹

  • Blood Pressure monitoring²

  • Blood oxygen level tracking

  • Body composition tracking

  • Stream music
    5ATM/IP68/MIL-STD-810G

With its sharp design and powerful chip, Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is the perfect companion for your hiking adventures. Samsung Health lets you monitor your progress like never before ­- track your body composition, take an ECG measurement, measure your blood oxygen level, and even monitor your blood pressure on the go. Helping you to keep on top of your health whilst your hiking through the terrain. Plus, you can compete with friends in interactive group competitions via a live message board, making your outdoor walks even more rewarding. And thanks to the GPS sensor, you can track your real-time location data while you're out exploring, allowing you to conquer the trail in style.

OPPO Watch

  • AMOLED Flexible Dual-Curved 1.91-inch display

  • 4G, Bluetooth and WiFi

  • Up to 36 hours battery life (in Smart mode)³

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon Wear™ 3100 Processor

  • Android and iOS compatibility

  • 8GB storage

  • Google Fit

OPPO Watch is designed to be both functional and stylish and is perfect for anyone who loves to hit the trail. You can record your outdoor journeys with real-time fitness tracking from Google Fit and stay on top of your health with 24-hour heart rate monitoring. If you're planning a long-distance hike, you can use the sleep tracker to ensure you're well rested for your journey, and even take a guided breathing class if you’ve had a hectic day. And thanks to a dual-curved flexible AMOLED screen and in-built GPS tracking, your favourite trail maps will look crisp, and you'll be able to hike with confidence. Plus, with the long-lasting battery that can last up to 21 days in power saving mode, you can enjoy the OPPO Watch without slowing down.

Trail apps for hiking

Looking to use your hiking watch for running too?

If you love going running just as much as hiking, then discover the best smartwatches for running to find the perfect device for when you want to pick up the pace. Plus, if you are a workout fanatic that loves all kinds of exercise, then check out the best smartwatches for fitness to find out which device can help you beat your personal best.

Terms and conditions

¹Wireless service plan required for cellular service. Contact your service provider for more details. International roaming is not supported. Check apple.com/uk/watch/cellular for participating network providers and eligibility. See support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207578 for additional setup instructions.

²The ECG app and irregular rhythm notification require the latest version of watchOS and iOS, and are not intended for use by people under 22 years old. The ECG app is available on Apple Watch Series 4 or later (not including Apple Watch SE). The irregular rhythm notification is not designed for people who have been previously diagnosed with AF.Blood Oxygen app measurements are not intended for medical use, including self-diagnosis or consultation with a doctor, and are only designed for general fitness and wellness purposes.

³Apple Music requires a subscription. Audio streaming requires an Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) Series 3 or later.

⁴Apple Watch SE has a water resistance rating of 50 metres under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, it should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.

⁵Apple Watch All-Day Battery Life testing was conducted by Apple in August 2020 using pre-production Apple Watch SE (GPS) and Apple Watch SE (GPS + Cellular), each paired with an iPhone; all devices were tested with pre-release software. Battery life varies by use, network coverage, configuration and many other factors; actual results will vary. See apple.com/uk/batteries and apple.com/uk/watch/battery for more information.

¹Wireless service plan required for cellular service. Contact your service provider for more details. Connection may vary based on network availability. International roaming is not supported. Check apple.com/watch/cellular for participating wireless carriers and eligibility. See support.apple.com/en-us/HT207578 for additional setup instructions.

²Blood Oxygen app measurements are not intended for medical use, including self-diagnosis or consultation with a doctor, and are only designed for general fitness and wellness purposes.

³The ECG app is available on Apple Watch Series 4 and later (not including Apple Watch SE) with the latest versions of iOS and watchOS. See apple.com/watch for compatibility details. ECG is not intended for use by people under 22 years old. With the ECG app, Apple Watch is capable of generating an ECG similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram.

⁴Irregular rhythm notification requires the latest versions of watchOS and iOS. It is not intended for use by people under 22 years old or those who have been previously diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (Afib).

⁵Apple Music requires a subscription. Audio streaming requires an Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) Series 3 or later.

⁶Apple Watch Series 7, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch Series 3 have a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that they may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, they should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth. Series 7 is also rated IP6X dust resistant.

⁷Battery life varies by use and configuration. See apple.com/batteries for more information.

⁸Apple Watch Series 7 requires an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later. Apple Fitness+ requires watchOS 7.2 or later.

Not all features will be available if the Apple Watch is set up through Family Setup. Wireless service plan required for cellular service. Contact your service provider for more details. Check apple.com/watch/cellular for participating wireless carriers and eligibility.

¹ECG and BP feature only to be used by 22 years+. For accurate BP readings, monthly calibration required by GP or BP monitor and arm cuff. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.0 or above.

²Available to all Vodafone Pay Monthly Mobile customers on a Red Plan. You will use the allowance from your current PAYM or SIMO plan to call from your Samsung Watch. For initial set-up, wireless network and pairing with an Android smartphone with OS Android 5.0 or newer and at least 1.5GB RAM required.

³Water resistance rating of 50m under the ISO standard 22810:2010. It is not suitable for diving or high-pressure water activities.

¹Message replies are only available when OPPO Watch is paired with an Android phone.

²In Power Saver mode, you can receive message notifications, check the time, track your steps, and monitor your heart rate.

³The aforementioned use and charging descriptions apply to OPPO Watch 46mm (Wi-Fi). OPPO Watch 46mm (LTE) has a battery life of up to 30 hours in Smart mode and 21 days in Power Saver mode, and charges to 46% in 15 minutes. OPPO Watch 41mm (Wi-Fi) has a battery life of up to 24 hours in Smart mode and 14 days in Power Saver mode, and charges to 30% in 15 minutes.16 hours under typical use model is used as the standard for a full day of watch use.

⁴Wear OS by Google is supported on Android devices running on Android 6.0 or higher (excluding Go edition). Available functions may vary by platforms and regions.