Cycle Maps and Cycle Touring Guide Books

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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
Bike Ride Maps. The cycle maps and cycle touring guide books website.

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!

Bike Ride Maps webstore - where to buy cycle maps and cycle touring guide books

We also have suggestions of where you might might ride, such as in the Cycling in Devon, Cycling in Sussex and Cycling the Lake District and Cumbria blog posts, with more to follow.

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

South to North cycle routes

West to East cycle routes

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.

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 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

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:

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

C2C cycle maps and cycle touring guide books

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.

C2C route changes in Cumbria after 2015 floods

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.

We stock the official Sustrans Sea to Sea map and the up-to-date Footprint C2C map, plus guide books from Cicerone and Excellent Books, and you can also save by ordering two together. Find out more by clicking here.

You can also read more in Richard Peace’s guest blog: 5 reasons the C2C is so popular.

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.

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.

The National Byway maps are waymarked routes linking Heritage sites in Yorkshire, the Midlands, Scotland and Northumberland.

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

And then there is LEJOG cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – or the other way around.

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

Yorkshire cycle route maps and guide books

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.

Devon & Cornwall cycle routes

The author selflessly exploring South Devon

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.

Cycling in South and South East England

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.

Cumbria and the Lake District cycle maps and guide books

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.

Cycle routes in Northumberland and Durham

Cycle routes in Northumberland and Durham

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).

Most popular cycle maps and guide books for Europe

France cycle-touring guide books

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.

There are also detailed cycle guides to Brittany and Normandy: Brittany’s Green Ways and the V4.

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 and Goldeneye covering major mountain-bike areas around Britain, such as the Peak District, the South Downs, the Cotswolds etc.

The map and guide book publishers

Sustrans maps
Just part of the extensive Sustrans map range

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).

Blog posts

Cycling blog posts

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AND FINALLY!

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.

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Cycle Maps and Cycle Touring Guide Books