Europe-wide Route Maps -

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Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby ChrisUnderwoody » 6 Jan 2017, 11:51am


Does anyone have any suggestions for good route maps / atlases for mainland Europe?

I'm cycling across Europe this summer and want to make the most of the many cycle routes on offer but can't seem to find a good source of maps - online would be good although some kind of a cycle route atlas would be fantastic!

I can't find anything on Amazon and find the Eurovelo site a little confusing. There are some good detailed maps of localised routes for different countries, but I'm looking for something that can give me a broader overview.

Cheers in advance for any pointers :-)


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Re: Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby matt_twam_asi » 6 Jan 2017, 1:31pm

Just a few suggestions...

- For a general overview of local, national & long distance cycle routes:
- For route planning:
- Sites that specialise in .gpx files of cycle routes: is one example. I'm sure I've seen another one but I can't for the life of me remember it now.

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Re: Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby Barrenfluffit » 6 Jan 2017, 4:56pm

Most of the mapping organisations are national; detailed maps tend to be based on one countries standards. Often cycle routes are shown on the larger scale maps which are a burden for the touring cyclist.. I've used the Michelin France Atlas Routier 1:200k spiral bound atlas as a source. Its cheap but hard to navigate large towns at that scale. In addition cycle routes are not shown.
While route specific guidebooks sidestep these problems, sometimes you want/need to leave the route and then have no map.
A mix and match approach is inevitable.

In the UK Stanfords is a good source. ... &orderby=0

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Re: Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby randonneur » 6 Jan 2017, 5:36pm

I use the app when touring overseas, covers all countries down to street level and cycle paths are shown as a purple line, however only when at a large scale, so not ideal for initial planning, but have found them useful when getting down to detail.

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Re: Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby Warin61 » 6 Jan 2017, 9:54pm

Try the OSMAnd app .. looks to show the bicycle routes (when in bicycle mode).. even at a small scale.
This is the same base data as and i.e OSM.

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Re: Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby Tigerbiten » 7 Jan 2017, 8:56am

I tend to use Bikehike as you can flip between Google maps and the OpenCycle maps in the main panel.
Once I've picked the route for the day, I handload it into my Garmin.
But if I stray off the route, it's no big deal as long as I'm going in roughly the right direction.

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Re: Europe-wide Route Maps -

Postby ChrisUnderwoody » 8 Jan 2017, 5:48pm

Thanks all for your excellent suggestions, really helpful.