Sustrans Cycle Maps

You can find the Sustrans cycle maps in our shop by clicking here, although there are so many that to find a specific map or route, it might be easier to click on the map below instead, which will show you all the map options (Sustrans and other map producers).

Bear in mind that many Sustrans maps are not available just now, so we always try to show alternatives.

Who are Sustrans?

Sustrans is a charitable trust who are allocated public money to create and maintain cycle routes across the country.

They have been doing this successfully for many years now and have created way-marked signage for thousands of miles of cycle routes, plus maintaining a large system of off-road cycleways. Volunteers help maintain local stretches of routes. They also have a commercial arm dealing with cycle gear and maps.

What are the ranges of cycle maps from Sustrans?

Sustrans are most well-known for their long-distance cycle route maps.

The long-distance maps work on a strip basis, showing the route with kilometre markers from the start. They show contours well and mark difficult junctions with main roads. Many of these are currently out of print, unfortunately.

One of their first maps was the C2C cycle route from Whitehaven and Workington on the Irish Sea to Tynemouth and Sunderland on the North Sea (now out of print – but see alternatives here).

Pennine Cycleway North Sustrans Map
Pennine Cycleway North Sustrans Map

Sustrans had begun to extend the number of theses maps, eg with the South Coast West and South Coast East maps, the Pennine Cycleway and The Varsity Way being recent additions, but Sustrans appear to have called a halt to that.

The range of pocket-sized maps is intended to cover the whole of the country, but again, many are no longer available. If you search by area on the website, you should be able to find the ones that are available, and alternatives if not.

Are there Sustrans guide books?

Avenue Verte cycle guide book 2017
Avenue Verte cycle guide book

There are a small number of Sustrans guide books, but by no means for all routes.

Recent ones include a guide book showing how to use Sustrans cycle routes to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and a London to Paris cycle guide book – the Avenue Verte.

Do Sustrans have maps for all the long-distance cycle routes?

No. For some reason, the excellent Reivers Route is not a Sustrans map (it’s a very good map and route though). Nor is the newer Scottish C2C, which can be followed with just the guide book – there is no separate map.

And out of print at time of writing includes the C2C, Hadrian’s Cycleway, Devon Coast to Coast, Coast and Castles, Walney to Wear.

Supposing I want to look at other maps covering the same areas?

For popular tourist destinations or cycling areas, there are other options:

Goldeneye produce very good maps covering areas like Devon, Norfolk, Kent, the Peak District and the Cotswolds.

Harvey Maps don’t do many cycle maps, but the ones they do (Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor) are very good.

Then there are the Ordnance Survey Tour maps, again of tourist destinations. These are very large maps – a bit unwieldy really – but are good for touring. I have used them for tours of the Lake District and Devon.

If you have seen brown cycle route signs saying National Byway, these are again not linked to Sustrans, but are routes designed to link heritage sites.

There are also cycle guide books that can replace maps for set routes, eg produced by Cicerone (including the Yorkshire Dales, northern Scotland and the Western Isles, Wales and the Lake District).

Excellent Books (by author Richard Peace) produce guide books that can be used on their own as well, eg for the C2C, the Trans Pennine Trail and the Devon Coast to Coast cycle routes.

Plenty of choice for you. Click a link and go for it