Please Note: Google Maps have recently changed their licensing and charging policies, which has meant that some of the websites listed below are not working as was originally intended. We are looking for alternative sites that can perform useful route planning and profiling and we will update this page as soon as is practicable.
Some useful websites for planning routes and using a gps
– https://www.bikemap.net/ Provides the ability to select a route according to the worldwide region, length and amount of climbing, or the site will generate a gpx route between a given start and end point. Registration is required and there is also a payed premium service which gives access to offline maps.
bikehike – https://www.bikehike.co.uk Home page giving instructions on how to use the site.
https://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php to go directly to the gpx loading/saving page.
The site displays routes and tracks in tcx, gpx, tri, kml and fit formats. Routes may be saved as in tcx, txt, kml, gpx route, gpx track and gpxx route formats. When the “Show Elevation Data” option box is ticked elevation data will be saved with a gpx track file.
No registration is required.
NB. Press Shift-F5 when the Route Creation page is displayed in Bikehike to display maps and routes with Open Street Maps instead of the default Google Maps.
– https://cycle.travel/ Alan Jelley and Mike Thomas have both used this simple and intuitive website to plan tours in both the UK and France. It appears to use a database of cycle cross country routes and local cyclepaths as the ‘core’ (rather than variation of ‘roads for cycling within googlemaps’). It has proved very successful in finding very effective and safe routes through towns (such as Milton Keynes and Caen) as well as cross-country routing.
https://www.maplorer.com Home page gives access to route planning facilities and tools for distance calculations conversion of degreee formats.
https://www.maplorer.com/view_gpx.html Direct entry to profile plotting page.
A very useful site that will draw an elevation profile from any input gpx file. It also gives an outline map of the whole route with colour coding to show the height of each part of your route.
No registration is required.
https://www.plotaroute.com Route generation. Allows gpx files to be loaded, displayed and downloaded with elevation data in a gpx track file. No registration is required.
http://www.frikart.no/garmin/index.html A Norwegian site providing download facilities for processed Open Street Map files for all European Countries. Summer and winter options are available for all countries, but unless you are planning a cross country skiing tour the Summer option is the one for you. Map background files can be downloaded for direct installation on a gps (gmapsupp.img, which can be renamed to ‘country’.img to allow multiple countries to installed at the same time) and also an installation file for loading the map into Garmin’s Basecamp software.
The site asks for a voluntary donation, but this is not essential.