Worcestershire cycle route planning map

Worcestershire cycle route planning map

Cycle map help

The basics

It’s this easy:

  • click on the map to set your start point
  • click somewhere else on the map to set your destination
  • we’ll find the best route!

Adding more points

If the route doesn’t go the way you want, you can simply drag it. A new numbered ‘via point’ will appear.

You can also extend the route by clicking points on the map. 

On a desktop: Tick the option on the left that says ‘click map to add more points’, then click at the new end of your route.

On a mobile: Quickly double tap (iPhone) or long press (Android) the new end of your route.

You can remove a via point by clicking on it and selecting ‘Remove via’ in the popup.

Finding by street or town name

You can type street or town names for the start and end of your route. A pop up menu will appear as you type. Choose the matching place. Click ‘Get route’ when you’ve chosen the start and end.

Our map data doesn’t have house numbers recorded, so just type the street name and town, not the number.

You can add a via point at a named place, too. Click ‘Add at’ and type the name.

On a road bike?

We aim to choose a balanced route that prefers smooth surfaces, but sometimes go off road to avoid hills, busy roads or long detours. If you’re on a road bike, you might prefer to stay on tarmac at all times. Flick the switch from ‘Paths and roads’ to ‘Paved only’ to change this.

Round trips

Journeys don’t have to be A to B: you can plan circular round trips too. Choose your start and end points as per usual, then click ‘Round trip’. We’ll try to find you a different journey for the way back. (Note that sometimes it won’t be different, particularly on short journeys or in areas with few roads).

Route ideas

If you just want a ride but you don’t mind where, we can do that too. Click just one start place on the map, or type it next to ‘From:’, then click ‘Suggest a ride’. Up to three circular routes will show on the map:



Choose the one you want by clicking on it. You can drag the slider to change the distance.

Unpaved sections

All things being equal, we choose paved routes. But if a dedicated cycleway is unpaved, or it’d save a stretch on a busy or hilly road, we’ll sometimes choose an unpaved route instead.

On the basemap, unpaved trails are shown with brown dots or dashes; unpaved roads have dashed edges. When you plan a route, the unpaved sections are highlighted in green, contrasting with the usual blue.

If you want to stick to paved sections only, then change the toggle beneath the from/to places. You can even restrict just the section between two via points to paved-only: click the first via point to bring up a popup, and change ‘Go any way’ to ‘paved’.

Reading the map

The map key

There’s a handy map key (or legend) that shows you what the road and symbol colours mean. Click the link at the corner of the screen, by the credits.

Your planned route

When you’ve planned a route, it’s highlighted in blue and green on the map. Blue for paved sections; green for unpaved.

Cycle map showing route blue line is for paved sections and green line is for unpaved sections

You’ll see summary statistics on the left. These show how much there is of each road type:

From left to right: busy road, other road, paved cycleway/trail, unpaved trail, pushing section.

Different map layers

The ‘layer’ icon on the map allows you to switch to the OpenStreetMap map style, which is less clear but shows more features.

On the move

It’s easy to plan a route on cycle.travel then get it onto your phone.

Using a phone app

You’ll need an app on your phone that can read GPX files. Such apps include BikeGPX, MapOut (iPhone only), Viewranger, and OsmAnd.

First, click GPS/phone, then Open in phone app, to download the GPX file from our route-planner.

If it doesn’t open instantly in your app, look in your download folder, or the Files area of your phone. You can then click the file and choose the app to open it in. Your planned route will appear in your app as a line to follow.

Using a GPS unit

If you have a GPS unit mounted on your handlebars, you can transfer the file to it. You can either do this via a USB lead connected to your computer, or via a phone app. Your device manufacturer will provide instructions.

There are lots of different formats of GPS file. You can access these by clicking GPS/phone then Download GPS files. GPX tracks are simplest, but you can also choose a ‘TCX course’ which includes turn by turn prompts. We offer these formats:

  • GPX track: This is just the line of your route with no instructions, practically everything will understand this
  • GPX route: This is an icon for each turn on your route (but no line), t’s good for GPS devices without much memory
  • TCX course: This has both the line and the turns, it’s best for Garmin Edge and Wahoo units
  • KML: This is the line of your route in a format that Google Earth and Maps.me can read

If you have a Garmin GPS unit, you can transfer your route wirelessly if you register free accounts with both cycle.travel (which provides our route planning) and Garmin Connect. Select cycle.travel (opens in a new window) to open your route in cycle.travel, then register an account and click the GPS button there.

Credits and copyright

The mapping and route-planning feature is powered by cycle.travel

Our maps are made using open data from OpenStreetMap, licensed under the Open Database Licence, with additional data from Ordnance Survey and from the Department for Transport, licensed under the Open Government Licence (© Crown copyright and database right 2020).

The information on these maps is recorded by volunteers from the OpenStreetMap project. If you see something that’s missing or wrong, you can become an editor at OpenStreetMap and correct it. We update our maps with the latest OSM data approximately every month.

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