This pages hosts the routes featured in the standard issues of RiDE.
There are two ways to find the routes. First, there is the new interactive map, powered by MotoGoLoco. This offers plenty of ways to find routes. All the routes from the current issue are shown on the main layer - the R with a star icon. Zoom in and select the routes to see them in detail.
You can download our routes from the interactive map as GPX files for Garmin and BMW sat navs and as ITN files for TomTom sat navs - and even as KML files used by mobile devices' sat nav apps. Just select the route you want, then click "Export". If your device is connected to the computer, you can even send the route straight to it.
To see routes from previous issues of RiDE routes, click on the other R icon. As this is a new feature, the back catalogue isn't extensive yet so older routes will still be listed below the map in date order. If you're not sure what issue a route was in, just use the "search" facility.
The interactive map also features bike-friendly accommodation rated by MotoGoLoco as well as routes from other users. You can even upload and share your own routes through the interactive map (just select the "Create" option on the left).
To view older routes (from 2014 or earlier) use the chronological list and click on the route titles to open a Google Maps version. Where a GPX file is available, right-click on the link to download the GPX file to your machine and open it with your sat nav's software. The GPX files will plug straight into a Garmin with no problems. If you use a TomTom, you can use the free Tyre software to convert the Google Maps routes into the correct format for your sat nav.
NB: Some PC users have had trouble downloading the files. If you have any difficulties, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "GPX request" as the subject line and specify the files you require. We'll email them as soon as we can.
From RiDE, December 2014
Touring bikes to the Hartz Mountains
Day one (motorway option) Day one (less motorway)
Day two (motorway option) Day two (less motorway)
Day four (motorway option) Day four (less motorway)
Day five (motorway option) Day five (less motorway) Download the GPX file
For information about shipping your bike to Nice, click here.
From RiDE, November 2014
Britain's 65 Best Roads
The best roads in England Day One Day Two Day Three Download the GPX file
The best roads in Wales Day One Day Two Day Three Download the GPX file
The best roads in Scotland Day One Day Two Day Three Download the GPX file
From RiDE, September 2014
From RiDE, August 2014
Tankbag touring guide
A ride around Lyme Regis See the route Download GPX file
Maxxis Diamond Ride
This is the less intense, touring version of the Maxxis Diamond Challenge. For the full challenge, click here
Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four
Day Five Day Six Day Seven Day eight
Download GPX file
From RiDE, July 2014
From RiDE, June 2014
Run to the Sun
Organised into less-extreme days than high-mile ride we did in the story, this seven-day tour takes in the roads we used to reach Route Napoleon (and more good riding beside). Mileages are still more suited to experienced solo riders than novice tourists or two-up couples though.
Day One route Day Two route Day Three route Day Four route Download GPX file
Day Five route Day Six route Day Seven route Download GPX file
From RiDE, May 2014
From RiDE, April 2014
Riding the Western Front
For the Verdun and Amiens (Somme) daytrips from the RiDE Guide to France, as well as the five-day RiDE Tour of the Doubs and the Vosges, click here
From RiDE, March 2014
From RiDE, February 2014
Brecon Beacons Adventure
We strongly recommend using the Google Map link to get familiar with this route before riding it. The planned route uses a military road between Llywel and Tirabad which does not appear on the Garmin map. The sat nav route will take you to the start of the road, then suggest you turn around: keep going and, when you pick up the road from Tirabad to Llangammarch Wells, it will sort itself out. There is an alternative route to follow if this road is closed because there is a military exercise taking place.
From RiDE, October 2013
From RiDE, June 2013
27 Great British Rides
19. Donington Park
From RiDE, August 2012
Garmin Zumo Ride Out with Charley Boorman - Download GPX file
Route Seven - Three days, via the Tarn Gorges -
From RiDE, May 2012
RiDE tour of Europe - Day Seven
Meiringen to Metz - Download GPX file
RiDE tour of Europe - Day Eight
Metz to Calais - Download GPX file
From RiDE, April 2012
From RiDE, March 2012
RiDE tour of Northern England - Day Three
Penrith to Hawes - Download GPX file
RiDE tour of Northern England - Day Four
Hawes to Leicester Forest East - Download GPX file
Mini-routes in Scotland, Wales and Southern England - Download GPX file
From RiDE, February 2012
Mini-routes in Scotland and England - Download GPX file
From RiDE, January 2012
From RiDE, November 2011
Garmisch Partenkirchen to Pertisau to Fernpass to Garmisch - Download GPX file
From RiDE, October 2011
Stratford-upon-Avon to Stow-on-the-Wold - via Banbury, Burford and Cirencester
Cadwell Park to Cadwell Park - via Revesby, Maltby, Wragby and Bardney
Corris to Corris, along the coast and then inland via Bala
Penrith to Bowness on Windermere - via Hartside Pass
Bowness on Windermere to Keswick - via Conniston, Hardknott Pass, Wrynose Pass, Kirkstone Pass, Whinlatter Pass and Honister Pass