BIKE RIDE MAPS –
The cycle maps and cycle touring guide books website
If you are looking for where to buy cycle maps or cycling guide books, or for suggestions and advice on where to ride, you have found the right place.
- Maps and guide books for long-distance cycle routes
- UK cycle maps and guide books sorted by county, region and country
- Cycle touring guide books for Europe
- Blog posts and information pages on where to cycle and more
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 31st May 2020
We are sending out cycle maps and guide books in in exactly the same way as always.
So whether you are planning ahead for future cycle tours or looking to see where you can cycle for exercise right now, you can help out a small, specialised business by ordering right now.
We specialise in cycle maps and cycle touring guide books, with stock of maps and guides for all of the main long-distance cycle routes (such as the C2C and the Devon Coast to Coast) and specialist cycle-maps covering all the counties, regions and nations in the UK.
We have cycle maps and cycling guide books covering Cornwall to John o’Groats, Kent to Snowdonia, Tyne & Wear to Northern Ireland. There are also guide books or maps for the many popular cycle routes in Europe – Mallorca, France, the Danube!
As well as our maps and guides, we have our Cycling In… series of blog posts with suggestions of where you might ride, such as in the Lake District, Devon and Sussex, with more to follow.
Other blog posts include “Tips for Buying your First Bike or E-Bike“, “Green Cycle Holidays and Short Breaks from London“, “5 Reasons the C2C is So Popular“, “Top 5 Sustrans Cycle Routes” and “Top Tips for a Successful Bike Tour“.
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Read on for more information on what you can find on the website and for links to the webstore.
Long-distance cycle-touring routes
We have maps for all the long-distance waymarked cycle routes in the UK. Most of them are Sustrans National Cycle Network routes, such as the C2C, though some are run separately, such as the Scottish C2C.
You can read more about the most popular of them by clicking below:
Coast to coast cycle routes
- C2C coast to coast cycle route (Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland or Tynemouth)
- Reivers Route (Tynemouth to Whitehaven)
- Devon Coast to Coast cycle route (Ilfracombe to Pymouth)
- Hadrian’s Cycleway (Tynemouth to Ravenglass in Cumbria)
- The Scottish C2C (Annan in Dunfrieshire to the Forth Bridge)
- The Way of the Roses (Morecambe in Lancashire to Bridlington in Yorkshire)
- Trans-Pennine Trail (Southport to Hornsea)
- Walney to Wear (Barrow in Cumbria to Sunderland)
South to North cycle routes
- Land’s End to John O’Groats: LEJOG
- Coast and Castles South cycle route (Tynemouth to Edinburgh)
- Lochs and Glens North (Glasgow to Inverness)
- Lochs and Glens South (Carlisle to Glasgow)
- Pennine Cycleway South (Derby to Settle)
- Pennine Cycleway North (Settle to Berwick-upon-Tweed)
- London to Brighton
West to East cycle routes
- South Coast West (Dawlish in Devon to Brockenhurst in the New Forest)
- South Coast East (Brockenhurst to Dover)
- Great Western Way (Bristol to London)
We also have maps and guides listed by area:
Cycle maps and cycle touring guide books by area and for England’s counties and the regions of Scotland
We have, for example, maps covering the Midlands, South East England, Scotland, Wales etc, including the range of Sustrans pocket-size maps, OS Tour maps, Goldeneye maps, National Byway maps and where they are available, guide books showing suggested cycle routes.
For the English counties, we have those same maps and guides split out, eg for Devon, for Cumbria, for London etc, just as we do for the regions of Scotland, such as the Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh and the Borders etc.
International cycle guide books
We stock cycling guide books for various European destinations. Our French cycle route guide books are very popular, plus the cycle map of Mallorca, but there are quite a lot more. These cover the main areas:
- France cycle guide books including Brittany, the Loire and the Canal du Midi
- Spain cycling guide books including the popular Mallorca cycle map
- The Danube cycle route guide books
- Norway cycle maps, including the Rallaveg
- Amsterdam and Holland cycle routes
Cycling In… blog posts
Our new sections called ‘Cycling in …’ start with Cycling in Devon, Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria, Cycling in Sussex, Cycling in Derbyshire and the Peak District, Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds, Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales and Cycling in Dorset and have information and suggestions on:
- Suggested cycle touring and cycling holiday hubs
- Gentle / family bike rides
- Circular cycle tours
- Guide books and maps for cycle touring
- Waymarked long-distance cycle routes
- Mountain biking / off-road cycle routes
- Cycle-friendly holiday accommodation
- Cycling maps and guide books
Most popular cycle touring maps and guide books
Waymarked Coast to Coast Cycle Touring Routes in Britain
The C2C or Sea To Sea Sustrans coast to coast cycle route
The C2C is the iconic coast to coast cycle route. Normally done in 3-4 days, the C2C has some testing hills and beautiful scenery.
The route is usually done West to East, with start points at Whitehaven and Workington, and end points at Tynemouth and Sunderland.
I have added some notes on route changes as a result of the floods in Cumbria in 2015 which destroyed the bridges between Keswick and Threlkeld.
The Scottish C2C
The Scottish C2C cycle route is a brilliant new route across Southern Scotland. It starts on the Solway coast facing the Irish Sea, crosses the Southern Uplands, and finishes in Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth.
The Reivers Route
Starting on the North Sea coast at the end of the C2C route at Tynemouth, the Reivers Route takes a more northerly route into Northumberland via Kielder, then down to Carlisle and the Cumbrian coast, finishing at Whitehaven.
Hadrian’s Cycleway route
Hadrian’s Cycleway is a very popular coast-to-coast route. It starts in Tynemouth along the reverse of the C2C cycle route, but then keeps to the Tyne Valley to cross the Pennines. The route runs through Carlisle, then heads towards the fells of the Lake District, then heading towards the Cumbrian coast, where it finishes at Ravenglass.
Way of the Roses cycle route
The Way of the Roses is a newer waymarked cycle route, starting in the White Rose county of Yorkshire and finishing in the Red Rose county of Lancashire. It takes in York itself, the Yorkshire Dales and Lancaster.
The Devon Coast to Coast cycle route
You could also try the Devon Coast to Coast route. This is a great 2 or 3 day ride from the north coast of Devon to Plymouth via the edge of Dartmoor. It is almost all on disused railway lines and therefore mercifully car-free.
Other Waymarked Cycle Touring Routes in Britain
The Coast and Castles through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders is a glorious route. It hugs a beautiful coastline with lovely beaches and views of castles and islands. An alternative route climbs through the hills south of Edinburgh. The finish is in Edinburgh itself, not a bad place to finish a bike ride.
There are several excellent long-distance cycle routes in Scotland. The Lochs and Glens Sustrans route stretches from Carlisle all the way to Inverness. You can find these on the Sustrans maps for Scotland.
For example, the Coast and Castles North map from Sustrans leads from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, while other Sustrans Scottish cycle route maps include Forth & Clyde, and The Salmon Run.
Other Sustrans routes include the Great Western Way from London to Bath or Bristol; the Pennine Cycleway South and Pennine Cycleway North from Derby to Berwick-upon-Tweed; South Coast West and South Coast East from Devon to Kent.
The National Byway maps are waymarked routes linking Heritage sites in Yorkshire, the Midlands, Scotland and Northumberland (although note that that some signage is now missing, so a map is essential to follow these).
Cicerone have very good guide books to long-distance routes (not always signposted), such as the Lancashire Cycleway, the circuit of Wales in Cycle Touring in Wales, and routes through the Hebrides and Northern Scotland.
I have some favourite long-distance cycle routes, so if you are looking for inspiration, you could read a blog post on my Top 5 Sustrans cycle routes.
Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle routes
There is no defined single route, so there are now four different guide books showing options, some quick, some more leisurely journey.
The Sustrans pocket-sized maps would be an ideal way to work out your own options as well. You can buy them all here in one package. Sustrans now also have a guide book which shows the route entirely on the National Cycle Network.
Most popular cycle maps and guide books by area
We have Sustrans maps, Goldeneye cycle maps and Harvey maps, covering the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds cycling routes. There is also the long-distance heritage cycle route in the National Byway map for Yorkshire.
You can read more about cycling in Yorkshire in three blog posts: Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds and Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales and Cycling in the North York Moors (shortly to be published).
There are Ordnance Survey, Sustrans, Goldeneye and Harvey cycle maps for Cornwall and Devon.
Long-distance bike routes include:
- the Devon Coast to Coast guide book from Excellent Books
- the Cornish Way and the Camel Trail on Sustrans maps
- new South Coast West cycle route map from Sustrans
You can read more about cycle routes in Devon in the new blog post, Cycling in Devon.
There is also stock here of Sustrans, Goldeneye, Vertebrate and CycleCity guide books and cycling maps for Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the rest of south coast of England.
The blog post Cycling in Sussex has more information, with similar blog posts to follow on other counties.
The Sustrans ‘South Coast East’ map carries the south coast cycle route all the way across to Kent.
Cycling in Lakeland and the surrounding Cumbrian hills and coasts has become very popular.
There are good maps from Sustrans and Ordnance Survey, while you can read about a cycle tour of the area in ‘A Lake District Grand Tour‘. This is the separate website for the book ‘A Lake District Grand Tour‘.
You can read suggestions for cycle routes in the area in our blog post Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria.
The Peak District has a great mix of cycling including gentle routes along converted railway lines such as the Monsal Trail; challenging cycling around Bakewell and Hathersage; and mountain-bike routes to less well-known parts of the National Park.
You can read more in the blog post Cycling in Derbyshire and the Peak District
Cycling in the North East of England can be a joy, and there are some great cycle routes, with very good maps and guide books to help.
The Sustrans pocket maps are very good, and the waymarked C2C, Reivers, Hadrian’s and Coast & Castles all have a start or end-point here with accompanying maps.
The waymarked National Byway for North East England is a great way to explore the area’s heritage on your bike (one of four National Byway maps available).
We have the very, very good cycle-touring guide books from Excellent Books: Cycling Southern France, Cycling Northern France, the Veloscenic (from Paris to Versailles and on to Mont St Michel) and Avenue Verte (the London to Paris cycle route).
We have guide books to cycling in France from Cicerone Books, including Cycling the River Loire and Canal du Midi routes.
France En Velo is a guide to cycling end to end in France, with loads of great pictures and maps.
Cycling travel books
Our cycling travel books include the books of Alastair Humphreys and Anne Mustoe.
Cycling humour books
With many of the funny cycle travel books now out of print unfortunately, you could try The Full English and A Lake District Grand Tour .
Practical cycle guide books
The practical cycle books on the website include the excellent Electric Bikes, Brompton Bikes, City Cycling, Family Cycling and more.
Mountain biking guide books
We have a range of mountain-bike guide books and maps from Vertebrate, Cicerone and Goldeneye covering major mountain-bike areas around Britain, such as the Peak District, the South Downs, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales etc.
The map and guide book publishers
The maps and books we stock are from a wide range of publishers who specialise in cycling. So if you are searching for a particular range, this listing could help. The following are just the most popular:
- Sustrans cycle maps, including the pocket-sized range covering the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland, and waymarked National Cycle Network touring routes, including the C2C, Devon Coast to Coast, the South Coast cycle route, Coast & Castles etc.
- Ordnance Survey tour maps, covering popular holiday areas of the UK – the Peak District, the Lake District, Devon, Cornwall, Scotland and the Cotswolds.
- Cicerone cycle guide books, with guides including France, Spain, the Danube, End to End (LEJOG), and the C2C
- Goldeneye Cycle Maps: Two series of maps. The country lanes series including Devon, Cornwall, the Cotswolds, Sussex, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk. The off-road mountain-bike routes series, including Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Cotswolds and the Lake District.
- Guide books by Excellent Books – C2C, France, Trans-Pennine Trail, Devon Coast to Coast, Electric Bikes, Brompton Bikes and more.
- National Byway maps, with heritage cycle routes for the Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East of England and South West Scotland.
- Harvey cycle maps of Yorkshire and Dartmoor.
- The Cyclecity and Vertebrate guide book ranges, including Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Lake District.
- Red Dog Books, specialising in guide books of Brittany and Normandy.
- And humorous travel bike books from Bike Ride Books (spoiler alert – this is me).
- Tips for Buying your First Bike or E-Bike
- Green Cycle Holidays and Short Breaks from London
- Using the UK Cycle Route Planner
- Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales
- Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds
- 5 reasons the C2C is so popular
- Top Tips for a Successful Bike Tour
- Cycling in Dorset
- Ride in the Steps of the Packhorse Trails – Perfect for E-MTBs
- Cycling in Devon
- Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria
- Top 5 Sustrans Cycle Routes
- Cycling in Sussex
- Cycling in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- Electric Bikes – Busting the Myths
- Electric Bikes for Touring
We use Sagepay to securely process payments and can therefore accept online payments via Visa, MasterCard and other main debit and credit cards.
We don’t take card details and payment over the phone, only via the webshop.
Here are handy links for you to go direct to the shop.
Quick links to the Bike Ride Maps webshop
- UK cycle maps and cycle touring guide books by area, region or nation
- Cycle maps for the counties of England
- Cycle Touring Maps and Guide Books for Waymarked Long-distance Routes
- International cycle guide books
- Cycle guide and map publishers
- Travel Cycle Books, Britain and the world
- Practical cycling guide books
- Mountain Biking Maps and Guide Books
- Cycling humour
- Shortcuts to the webshop for cycle maps for the English counties: Bedfordshire – Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – Cambridgeshire – Cheshire – Cornwall – County Durham – Cumbria – Derbyshire – Devon – Dorset – East Yorkshire – Essex – Gloucestershire – Greater London – Greater Manchester – Hampshire – Herefordshire – Hertfordshire – Isle of Wight – Kent – Lancashire – Leicestershire – Lincolnshire – Merseyside – Norfolk – North Yorkshire – Northamptonshire – Northumberland – Nottinghamshire – Oxfordshire – Shropshire – Somerset – South Yorkshire – Staffordshire – Suffolk – Surrey – Sussex – Tyne and Wear – Warwickshire – West Midlands – West Yorkshire – Wiltshire – Worcestershire
- Shortcuts for cycle maps for Scotland: Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders – Glasgow and the Clyde – Scottish Highlands and Islands – North East Scotland – South West Scotland
- Shortcut for cycle maps for Wales
- Shortcut for cycle maps for Northern Ireland
Finally: we hope you have seen that there are a lot of cycle maps and cycle touring guide books to choose from on the website here.
We’ll be happy send out your map or book.