Cycle map & cycling guide book publishers
Below are links to all the main cycle map & guide publishers in the UK , with a selection of route guides outside the UK.
- Official maps to a range of long distance cycle routes using the National Cycle Network, eg the C2C, Hadrian’s Cycleway, and the Way of the Roses.
- Pocket-sized maps to specific areas, eg Devon North, Kent etc, covering the whole of the UK.
- Cycle guide books to some longer routes, eg Land’s End to John O’Groats on the National Cycle Network and the Avenue Verte.
Excellent Books are cycle map & guide publishers with a wide range of guide books for cycle routes, eg C2C, Devon Coast to Coast, Trans Pennine Trail, and Southern France, plus guides to Electric Bicycles and Brompton Bicycles. Also the UK Cycle Route Planner.
The route guide books are handily spiral bound, so you can turn to the page you want and fold the book in half, ready for quick reference. The UK Cycle Route Planner is an open-out map. Excellent Books are specialists in producing cycling guides of outstanding quality and detail with the emphasis on quality mapping and route descriptions that will let you know what to expect on your ride.
‘A Bit Scott-ish’ and ‘The Full English’. Humorous tales of cycle journeys the length of Scotland and of England. Plus ‘A Lake District Grand Tour’.
“Warm, well observed, unpretentious and very funny, this is the kind of cycle tour we can all imagine ourselves taking, though hopefully without the Man-flu.” Adventure Travel magazine
OS Tour maps are available for some of the most popular areas of the UK to visit – Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, Devon, the Cotswolds and the Peak District.
Scale varies from one map to the next, depending on the size of area covered. Excellent for planning, and not bad on the road – though quite big to manoeuvre on the go!
Goldeneye Maps are high quality laminated maps showing National Cycle Network routes, circular routes and traffic-free cycling trails, plus cycle-hire and tea shops! Routes include the Cotswolds, North York Moors, Cornwall, Kent etc.
“Extremely clear, accurate and easy to follow… laminated surface is a real bonus.” CTC Magazine.
Cicerone cycle guide books. UK guides include End to End, C2C, the Borders, the Peak District and Lancashire.
Overseas cycle guides to France, including the Loire, Ireland, Switzerland and the Danube.
Full colour, with photos and maps.
The National Byway is a way marked route linking sites of historic interest using country lanes and quiet roads. Maps in print currently are The Midlands, North East England and Yorkshire.
You may have come across the brown signs as you cycle: these are the route maps to show you where those routes go.
Only three of the six maps are in print at the moment, but I gather there are plans to re-print the missing maps – East Midlands, South West England and South West Scotland.
Cycle maps for the Pennine Bridleway South, the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor.
High quality mapping, and water-proof, tear-resistant paper.
Cycle guide books for off-road and quiet country lane cycling in the Lake District and the Peak District.
Cycling Days Out – South East England is an informative and vibrant guide to the traffi c-free family and leisure cycling in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.
Wide range of Mountain Bike guide books for areas all round the UK.
Guide books to popular cycling routes, eg Kent, Hampshire, the Chilterns, Hertfordshire, Oxford and the Lake District.
A specialist publisher of guide books relating to Brittany.
Maker of really good maps for the Reivers Route and the C2C.
Spiral bound guide books including cycle routes in The Netherlands, the Devon C2C and a London to Land’s End cycle route.
Publishers in Germany of cycle guide books, including the Danube Cycle Trail.
Norwegian publisher with guide books on the Norwegian section of the North Sea Cycle Route and other routes within Norway.