MAP OF BICYCLING ROUTES WITHIN A DAY RETURN FROM BATH
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 quiet lanes or bicycle paths.
All, or similar rides as in the .gpx files, are regularly ridden by Bath CTC, throughout the year. Bath CTC rides start at 9am promptly, on Sundays, from Alkmaar Gardens, just outside Bath Abbey. Non CTC members are very welcome to come on the rides with the Bath CTC. Please see the Bath CTC website for more information, including their current rides list and contact details.
To save a gpx to your hard drive, RIGHT CLICK on the link below and choose SAVE TARGET AS when using Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
After you have saved a .gpx file to your hard drive, you can open, view and edit the gpx file at www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php. 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. There are many programs and websites that can open .gpx files, but this is my favourite. For Windows users, an excellent free program I use to edit, split, combine, reverse, etc., .gpx files is GPX Editor, which can be downloaded from sourceforge.net/projects/gpxeditor/. For creating .gpx files very easily by just entering starting and finishing postcodes or places, I can highly recommend routes.bikehub.co.uk. Another similar website to www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php is bikeroutetoaster.com. It has the advantage that it can route along bikepaths, and not just roads. Free registration is necessary to be able to load and save .gpx files. Apps that allow you to use your phone as a bike satnav are: 1. For Android phones I recommend Locus Pro and MyTrails, and for tracking your ride I recommend My Tracks. Locus Pro allows you to purchase bicycle maps for any part of the world for a small charge, so that you do not need Internet access. This is very useful when abroad, so you do not have to pay roaming Internet charges, or even while in the UK, to not use up your data allowance. 2. For iPhones I recommend Motion-XGPS. This page is maintained by Kurt Christopherson, Cycle Works Webmaster, and long-time Cycle Works customer and CTC Bath member. Any comments on this page can be sent directly to Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the Cycle Works contact form. Many more .gpx files will be added over the coming weeks, especially shorter rides, so please check back.