New Route Planner

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stu1102
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New Route Planner

Postby stu1102 » 6 Feb 2014, 8:03pm

I am doing a ride between Nottingham and Oxford and have found this excellent route planner and site

http://cycle.travel/ Click on 'map' in the top bar and you get to the map and route-planner.

The map itself is intended to highlight important stuff for cyclists, so minor roads don't disappear into the background, NCN routes are shown (but not to the exclusion of all else), there's subtle contours and hillshading

The route-planner is draggable like Googles Maps , but more bike-friendly. It likes minor roads and traffic-free paths, perfect for my wife the route planner also takes account of surfaces

Another nice feature is the ability to click a 'route' you have made in 'Cycle Travel' and get a Google Street view rendition of the route at a particular point

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Turn-by-turn directions PDF also shows the place names along the route so you can navigate through the countryside by going from one village to the next

Also allows you to save the route as a GPX track or route file, TCX file or KML file


thank you Richard for all your hard work, we cant thank you enough,we have been to some beautiful roads, tracks, etc in France\UK using cycle travel

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Sooper8 » 7 Feb 2014, 7:47am

Thanks for that!
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Sweep » 7 Feb 2014, 7:55am

I'd be interested in any gpx route you may devise between Nottingham and Oxford - any chance of a PM for you to send it to me?
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby simonineaston » 7 Feb 2014, 8:45am

That looks rather good at first glance - thanks for the tip.
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Graham » 7 Feb 2014, 8:57am

It was previously commented on by CJ, on the Forum, here

It is now my planner of preference.

The website author - Richard Fairhurst - is a member of this forum. Rules prevent him from promoting it himself here, but that does not stop others from singing its praises.

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby stu1102 » 7 Feb 2014, 9:15am

Thanks Graham that's a very useful thread you've highlighted there in regards to this planner.....certainly aided my understanding

Sweep : have a go with planning a route between Nottingham and Oxord, if you really get stuck let me know.....it really is first class

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Mark1978 » 7 Feb 2014, 9:26am

It looks a bit - odd. I'll stick with the Strava planner.

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby DaleFTW » 7 Feb 2014, 10:56am

That's actually pretty good. Big up Richard Fairhurst.

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby al_yrpal » 7 Feb 2014, 12:25pm

Looks interesting. I would like to support this because it is British.

I registered and it said it would send me an email, but it didn't?

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 7 Feb 2014, 12:33pm

Thanks for all the kind comments! I wanted to build a route-planner that followed the sort of routes that I (and I think many other UK cyclists) enjoy - quiet roads but not at the cost of impossible gradients, cycleways but not quagmires, and with a background map that shows minor roads prominently. Oh, and pubs and cafés.

Still lots to do (never mind the rest of the site!) but the nice comments mean a lot - thanks.

Al - sorry, the eternal curse of registration mails falling victim to spamtraps I think. I've manually enabled your account; anyone else having problems, do send me a PM and I'll do the same.
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby freeflow » 7 Feb 2014, 1:00pm

Tried using this to plot the route for the Rutland and Beyond Audax I'm doing this weekend. I failed to get the route to go along the A47 from the start on Haynes Road (Leicester) so gave up after 10 minutes trying. Other issues were that I wanted to scale the map greater than was allowed and that it wan't easily apparent how you edited the route. Not useable for me at the present unfortunately.

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Norman H » 7 Feb 2014, 1:32pm

Don't be discouraged by the odd negative comment. I had a quick play when you first went public and thought it was excellent. I recently recommended it to an End-to-Ender and she thought it was fantastic.

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 7 Feb 2014, 1:56pm

@freeflow - it's not really a 'plotting tool', to be honest; if you know the exact route you want to follow, something like BikeHike or RideWithGPS will suit you much better.

cycle.travel is designed as a route-finder rather than a plotter; you put in the places you want to go, and it finds a nice quiet route between them. The "nice quiet route" criterion rules out the A47, because it'll always try to route away from busy roads like that. I used to live just outside Uppingham and there was absolutely no way you'd have got me on the A47 on my bike, but you may be tougher than me. ;)
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Galloper » 7 Feb 2014, 1:58pm

I like this a lot, just tried out the mapping by putting in a circular route for an area I know well and it came up with a lovely route, part of which would never have occurred to me.

Excellent.

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Re: New Route Planner

Postby freeflow » 7 Feb 2014, 6:36pm

@freeflow - it's not really a 'plotting tool', to be honest;


No problem then. I was just fooled by the topic title. I was hopeful as mapmyride has been very laggy over the past few weeks.