With over 12,000 cycle routes and mountain bike trails in the UK alone, you will not be short of new places to discover. So where to start? We’ve selected some of our favourite routes & trails here…
…but have also setup a search facility for you to search yourself. Just click on this interactive map to find routes & trails in the UK or beyond;
Route Finder Tool
This GPS Route Finder tool is a brilliant service for cyclists and mountain bikers alike. It is however, also suitable for walkers, hikers, runners and joggers, both in the UK and anywhere else in the World.
GPSies is an interactive service that lets you view, print or download cycle tracks, routes and mountain bike trails which have been recorded using GPS technology.
These routes and trails are available on-screen for those researching new rides, printable for those who want to take a paper copy with them or downloadable to a wide variety of devices for those a little more tech savvy.
The routes are searchable by an interactive map and list details such as distance, elevation, route characteristics etc. There is also a useful 4 day weather forecast, which is great for planning forthcoming rides.
This Route Finder is available in a variety of options;
One of the things that puts this GPS route finder ahead of other web services is that each route can be downloaded in a wide variety of file types, including downloads to all the leading GPS devices. This is the full range of downloadable options;
- On-Screen via GPSies Website
- Printable Routes
- Google Earth .kml or .kmz file
- GPX Route & Trail
- CSV or MS Excel file
- PCX5 Track
- Garmin Course CRS & TCX
- OVL (ASCII)
- KOMPASS Verlag
- GeoRSS Track
- MagicMaps IKT
- JSON Track
- Navigon RTE 5.x & 6.x
- Navigon Freshroute
- TomTom ITN
- Magellan Track
- CompeGPS Track
- qpeGPS Track
- Garmin Logbook
GPS Route Finder
This is an example of a GPS cycle route.
Search for Cycle Routes and Mountain Bike Trails
To discover for yourself just how good this service is, visit the dedicated site at GPSies.com.
Get the GPS Widget
The GPSies Widget is available for you to add to your own website. Simply copy the following html code. All that we ask is that you retain the credits. For those of you who would like to donate to this project, you can do so here.
<h2>Route Finder</h2><a href="http://www.gpsies.com/" title="Click Here to Search for Routes"><img src="http://www.bikes.org.uk/images/GPS.png" ></a><br>Search on <a href="http://www.gpsies.com/">GPSies.com</a> &middot; Developed by <a href="http://www.bikes.org.uk/">Bikes.org.uk</a><br>Get this <a href="http://www.bikes.org.uk/route-finder/">Widget</a> or <a href="http://www.bikes.org.uk/route-finder/wp-routes-plugin/">Wordpress Plugin</a>.
WP-Routes WordPress Plugin
The WP-Routes Plugin allows you to embed routes into wordpress posts and pages. It is ideal for WordPress Blogs dedicated to cyclists, mountain bikers, runners, joggers, walkers, hikers, swimmers, canoeists, sailers, motorbikers and anyone else looking for routes, trails or tracks, on roads, paths, trails or even on water. It uses the GPSies API and allows you to embed GPS maps direct into your wordpress blog.
More info for the WP-Routes WordPress Plugin.
Cycle Routes and Bike Trails for Mobile Phones
In addition, GPSies have a mCommerce website, ie. one that is viewable via your mobile phone rather than having to squint to view non-mCommerce sites. There are also mobile phone Apps for the iPhone and Android phones.