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Bicycle Maps Britain

This section attempts to summarize some of the available map and route sources for England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.. These sources include mainly state and local governments, bicycle clubs, and non-profit cycling organizations.

The maps and route information here does not include commercial sites. Consequently, the cost for this information is free or minimum. We believe that there is a wealth of free information for bicycle touring in Europe. You just need to know where to get it. One nice thing about bicycle tourists is that they like to share favorite route information.

One of the recent improvements for obtaining maps have been portable GPS systems for bicycles. These GPS systems have become common amongst long-distance bicyclist and some clubs. As a result, more free downloads for bicycling routes have become available. One of the best places to get these free GPS information is from internet blogs and bicycle clubs. We are aggressively searching for these free downloads and we will make the links available when we find them.

If you have links to additional routes and maps for Britain, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, please contact us so that we can include the information here.


Bicycling Maps for Britain and Ireland

England    Ireland    Scotland    Wales



Be sure to check out the lists of free available maps and guides in the left column. There are 1000s of free brochures and information of bicycle routes and tours from all over the world. You can choose your interest by activity and country. This information is invaluable in your search for good resources for any bicycle adventure.

Also check out the information in the left column about bicycling in specific countries. Information includes getting there, lodging, bike rentals, and general information about bicycling in different regions of each country.

England

  • GPS Touring Information England: Free online maps and GPS touring information by country.
  • SusTrans: UK leading sustainable transport charity that offers online bicycle routes and maps for the British Isles and Ireland.
  • Forestry Commission Great Britain: Online database to find biking trails in forest regions.
  • The National Byway: Description of the 4,500 signposted leisure cycling route around Britain. Maps available for purchase.
  • National Trails: National Trails of England and Wales. Online maps and descriptions by region.
  • Bike Routes UK: This is a private, non-commercial site that has online maps and descriptions of mountain biking trails in and around SE Scotland and NE England.
  • Bikely: Online maps for mountain biking and bicycle routes inputed by readers. Search by country and region.
  • MapMyRide: Online maps for bicycle routes inputed by readers. Search by country and region.
  • Travelmaster Series, sheets 4, 5, 7, and 8 : Scale 1:250,000 (1 cm: 2.5km). Covers all Scotland in four sheets so they do not show much detail.
  • Landranger Series: Scale 1:50,000 (2 cm: 1km). Covers all of Great Britain in 204 maps so they show a lot of details.

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Wales

  • GPS Touring Information Wales: Free online maps and GPS touring information by country.
  • SusTrans: UK leading sustainable transport charity that offers online bicycle routes and maps for the British Isles and Ireland.
  • Forestry Commission Great Britain: Online database to find biking trails in forest regions.
  • National Trails: National Trails of England and Wales. Online maps and descriptions by region.
  • Bikely: Online maps for mountain biking and bicycle routes inputed by readers. Search by country and region.
  • MapMyRide: Online maps for bicycle routes inputed by readers. Search by country and region.
  • Travelmaster Series, sheet 6, “Wales & West Midlands”: Scale 1:250,000 (1 cm: 2.5km). Covers all of Wales and the Welsh Borders. One sheet so it does not shows much detail.
  • Landranger Series: Scale 1:50,000 (2 cm: 1km). Covers all of Wales and the Welsh Borders in 24 maps so they show a lot of details.

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About John Stultz

John Stultz is the owner of Bear Paw Tents. He's been bicycle touring for over 30 years and is excited for sharing his insight on cycling. He considers himself an ultralight backpacker and ultralight bicycle tourer. John is the original founder of Bicycle-Touring-Guide.com. He started the website to share his passion for touring and to help people plan for their own bicycle tour.

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