Tools for Planning Bike Rides

Each year I go on a bike ride with my dad and some friends. In 2009 four of us did the coast to coast, in 2010 we did most of the Pennine Bridleway and last year we got some new recruits and 6 of us did our own circular route from Leamington Spa to Malvern, to Stow-on-the-Wold, and then back to Leamington.

This year we’re doing our own route again and have increased our numbers by one. This year we have based ourselves in Hungerford and will do 3 circular routes. Doing our own routes rather than a recognised one means navigation while we’re riding (easy with my GPS) and planning the routes ahead of time – which is a faff. Planning this year’s routes I used:

  1. OS maps – You can’t have enough maps. Buy them! You can’t beat them for an overview of where you’re headed, the terrain, and how quiet the roads are likely to be.
  2. GPSies.com – This is the first time I’ve used the site & found it really good.

Now I’ve got routes to put on my GPS and three days of cycling to look forward to šŸ™‚

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