MAP OF BICYCLING ROUTES WITHIN A DAY RETURN FROM BATH
Non CTC members are very welcome to join rides with the CTC Bath Cycling Club. There is no need to do anything other than show up at the meeting / starting point at 8.50am on the Sunday morning you wish to join a ride. Just introduce yourself before the ride begins. Click here to see the exact CTC Bath Cycling Club meeting location near Bath Abbey on a very detailed map, using what3words. Please see the CTC Bath Cycling Club website for more information, including a link to a pdf file of the current rides list (near the bottom of the page) and contact details, as well as other information.
To save a gpx file to your hard drive, RIGHT CLICK on the link below and choose SAVE LINK AS (or something similar) when using your browser. Details of software to view, edit & ride the gpx files are beneath the links.
The map below indicates the places you can get to, and return from, within a days cycling of the centre of Bath. The map also relates to the .gpx bicycle route files that you can download from the links underneath the map. All routes in the .gpx files start and finish at Alkmaar Gardens, just outside Bath Abbey. Most of the routes follow carefully considered quiet lanes and bicycle paths or routes. These routes are regularly ridden by CTC Bath Cycling Club throughout the year. In fact, these gpx routes were created while riding with the CTC Bath Cycling Club.
VIEW GPX FILES ON YOUR COMPUTER GPX View 1. www.bikehike.co.uk (Website) Select Load Route, in the lower right hand side of www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php. Then choose the file and then click the Upload Route button. Make sure the "Show Elevation Data box" is checked, then move your mouse on top of (and along) the chart. You can then follow both the route and its elevation on the map. You can zoom in and out of the map with the + and - buttons, your mouse wheel, or drag the map with your mouse. You can also edit the route, and then save your changes on this page. There are many programs and websites that can open .gpx files, but this is my favourite for both its view and editing capabilities. Provides excellent elevation profiles. screengrab example GPX View 2. GPXSee (Windows App) This app provides very high resolution images with contour lines plus elevation profile. This is my preferred app to screengrab routes onto my phone for easy discussion with others while on a ride. Provides excellent elevation profiles. screengrab example GPX View 3. GPS Track Editor (Windows App) Two great features I like about this app: 1) It can colour code the route with the steepness of the ride; and 2) Given a speed, it calculates the time at every point of the route. I use this second feature to very accurately estimate when I will arrive along any point of a route, especially important when wanting to meet up along the way. I also use this app, along with GPXSee showing contours, to screengrab routes onto my phone to clearly show where steep climbs and rapid descents occur while on a ride. screengrab example GPX View 4. JGPSTrackEdit (Windows, Apple & Linux App) This app allows you to open all the gpx tracks in a folder at once. Great for comparing alternate routes. screengrab example GPX View 5. GPXEditor (Windows App) Fastest way to view a single track on a Windows PC. I have GPXEditor as the default association for .gpx files. If you need to see more than one track at a time, you simply open another one up under File/Add GPX. screengrab example VIEW & EDIT GPX FILES ON YOUR COMPUTER GPX View & Edit 1. www.bikehike.co.uk (website) Not only is this an excellent gpx viewer, it is also a very good gpx editor. In “Drag Edit Mode” it allows you to fix points (hold down the Control Key) and then drag the route either following roads or not (need to click/unclick Follow Road). screengrab example GPX View & Edit 2. GPXEditor (Windows App) This app is excellent at editing existing gpx tracks, rather than creating a new track from scratch. For example, it allows you to extract or reverse parts of several different tracks and then merge them into one new track. This is the gpx app I use most often, because some part of a new route I always some part of it already (as there are not many routes in and out out of Bath) and it saves me a great deal of time and effort than creating a route from scratch. Its features are so complete that it can only be described as perfect for the task. A key thing to learn when getting started with this app, is that you can only work on a track once you have selected it in the left hand pane. screengrab example CREATE GPX FILES ON YOUR COMPUTER GPX Create 1. www.bikehub.co.uk (website) The routes page of this website allows you to specify starting and ending points (using placenames or postcodes) and then it generates 3 routes: fastest, balanced and quietest, which you can then download individually and edit. I almost always choose quietest, and then combine it with existing routes I have with GPX Editor. For new routes, or new route segments, I always start with this app. screengrab example GPX Create 2. www.bikehike.co.uk (website) Not only is this an excellent gpx viewer and gpx editor, it is also a very good gpx generator. When “follow road” is selected, you can happily click along and it creates perfect routes along roads. You need to unclick “follow roads” to follow non road-routes such as bicycle paths or bridleways. screengrab example GPX Create 3. cycle.travel (website) This is a very interesting website in that it allows you to specify a starting point and an approximate distance, and then it can automatically generates 1-3 circular routes, and then with each click on “Suggest a ride” it generates another 1-3 circular routes. You need to set up a free account to download the routes. A big advantage of this website is that it generates routes on cycle paths as well as roads. screengrab example CREATE GPX WAYPOINT FILES ON YOUR COMPUTER UK Grid Reference Finder www.gridreferencefinder.com (website) UK Grid Reference Finder allows you to specify geographic points to approximately 1 square meter of the earth's surface, using various inputs such as a UK Post Code, Town or Road name, Grid Reference, Latitude and Longitude values, or simply right-click to mark a location on its map. screengrab example I first used UK Grid Reference Finder to convert all the locations I regularly drive or cycle to into a gpx waypoints file, using its Postcode Batch Converter Tool. I did this by first creating a spreadsheet of my driving and cycling locations, with postcodes, names and descriptions. I then I opened the resultant gpx waypoints file in OsmAnd SatNav software as a Favourites file, and had all my locations easily entered and described for driving, cycling or hiking. screengrab example I now use UK Grid Reference Finder to create any new gpx waypoints to add to my existing OsmAnd SatNav software Favourites file. screengrab example APPS TO USE YOUR PHONE AS A BIKE SATNAV Android & iPhone SatNav 1. OsmAnd(on Google play & on App Store) Android & iPhone SatNav 2. BikeGPX(on Google play & on App Store) Android only SatNav 1.Locus Pro(on Google play) Android only SatNav 2.MyTrails(on Google play) iPhone only SatNav 1.Motion-XGPS(on App Store) JOIN EASY PACED 30-45 MILE SUNDAY RIDES AROUND BATH Kurt Christopherson, as a member of CTC Bath Cycling Club, leads shorter (typically 30-45 miles) easy paced rides most Sundays throughout the year, that usually meet the main CTC Bath Cycling Club longer ride for either coffee or lunch. If you are interested in participating in one of these easy paced, shorter rides, please email Kurt a week before the ride at email@example.com for ride details and where and when to meet, as these rides don’t start at a set location to minimise pointless miles and hills for those participating. PAGE MAINTENANCE This page is maintained by Kurt Christopherson, Cycle Works Webmaster, and a long-time, very happy Cycle Works customer. Any comments on this page can be sent directly to Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the Cycle Works contact form.