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 and cycle touring 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!

Please note that we are continuing to send out cycle maps and guide books in exactly the same way as always.

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As well as our maps and guides, we have our Cycling In… series of blog posts with suggestions of where you might ride. That includes the Lake District, Devon, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, the Cotswolds, Northumberland 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

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.

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:

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, Cycling in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire, Cycling in Northumberland and Tyneside 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

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
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 do stock the official Sustrans Sea to Sea map but it is out of print at the moment. We also have the very good, up-to-date Footprint C2C map, plus the Ultimate C2C guide book from Excellent Books and the Cicerone C2C guide book.

You can also read more in the guest blog: 5 reasons the C2C is so popular by Richard Peace, the author of the Excellent Books C2C guide book.

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.

The finish is 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. It runs north into Northumberland via Kielder. It then leads 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 at Ravenglass on the west coast of Cumbria, then goes round the Cumbrian coast and into Carlisle.

From there, the route is close to, but not always right next to, Hadrian’s Wall itself. There is then an easy finish through Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the North Sea coast itself.

Way of the Roses cycle route

The Way of the Roses starts in the White Rose county of Yorkshire and finishes 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 The Lochs and Glens cycle routes.

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. However, 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

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.

You can read more about cycling in Yorkshire in the blog posts: Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds and Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales.

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.

We also stock Cicerone and Cyclecity guide books for area.

You can read suggestions for cycle routes in the area in our blog post Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Cycle routes in the Peak District

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

Cycle routes in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are an iconic landscape of rolling hills and some preposterously pretty villages.

The Goldeneye Cotswolds map and the Cicerone guide book have a wealth of cycle routes between them that take in the best of the area.

There are also Sustrans maps and a National Byway route, plus other guide books that cover part of the area.

You can read more in the blog post Cycling in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire

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.

There is a ‘Cycle Touring Map of Northumberland’ as well as a guide book, ’33 Cycle Routes in Northumberland and Tyneside’.

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).

Mountain bikers are not forgotten, including a guide book to the area, the new Sandstone Way MB route, as well as routes within ’33 Cycle Routes in Northumberland and Tyneside’.

Read the blog post Cycling in Northumberland and Tyneside for more information.

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:

  • The River Loire
  • Canal du Midi
  • Canal de la Garonne
  • River Rhone

There are also detailed cycle guides to Brittany and Normandy: Brittany’s Green Ways, the Nantes-Brest Canal and the V4.

France En Velo is a guide to cycling end to end in France, with loads of great pictures and maps.

Cycling humour books

Try:

  • The Full English – Pedalling through England, Mid-Life Crisis and Truly Rampant Man-Flu
  • A Lake District Grand Tour – Pedalling through Lakeland: The Challenge, The History, The Wildlife, The Scones

in the funny cycle travel books section.

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. These include the Peak District, the South Downs, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District 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. Plus waymarked National Cycle Network touring routes, including the C2C, Devon Coast to Coast, the South Coast cycle route, Coast & Castles etc. (UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2020 – Some Sustrans maps have gone out of print while Sustrans consider how to go forward with certain of their routes; there are often alternatives, eg for the C2C route, for Hadrian’s Cycleway, and for county maps covering Kent, Norfolk, Sussex and Northumbria, but not for every map; feel free to contact me to ask if you are unsure).
  • 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 cycle touring guides including France, Spain, the Danube, End to End (LEJOG), Scotland, Wales and the C2C
  • Goldeneye Cycle Maps: Two series of maps. The Country Lanes series including Devon (Exmoor and North Devon; Dartmoor and South Devon), the Cotswolds, Kent, Norfolk and the Peak District. The off-road mountain-bike routes series, including Exmoor, the Cotswolds, Sussex, Pembrokeshire 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 the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor.
  • The Cyclecity guide book range, including Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the Lake District.
  • Vertebrate guide books, mostly mountain-bike guide books
  • Red Dog Books, specialising in guide books of Brittany.
  • Rough Ride mountain biking guide books
  • And humorous travel bike books from Bike Ride Books (spoiler alert – this is me).

Blog posts

Cycling blog posts

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Cycle Maps and Cycle Touring Guide Books