"How far did I run?", "How big are the hill climbs on my bike route?", "Where can I find new places to run off-road?", "How can I get turn-by-turn directions on my Garmin?"
plotaroute.com is a free worldwide route planner, with many advanced features specifically designed to help you plan and measure walks, runs, bike rides or any other outdoor pursuit.
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Plot and share route maps with directions and elevation profiles
plotaroute.com is used in over 190 countries across the world and has excellent reviews. It is very easy to use with many advanced features, making it it simple to quickly plot and share great looking route maps for your walks, runs or bike rides, or indeed any outdoor pursuits.
The route planner can can be used on desktop computers, tablets and mobile devices, and a mobile-friendly version of the website makes it easy to access all your routes on the move.
You can print route maps, download GPS files and share your routes on social media. You can even display your routes directly on your own website or blog, with our unique interactive video style maps.
Standard Membership is free so why not register now and give it a try!
Our route planner has lots of great features to make route planning simple.
You can also use plotaroute.com on your mobile device without the need to download an app. Just go to www.plotaroute.com in your mobile web browser.
Watch our video tutorial for a demonstration of our mobile-friendly route planner.
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We're pleased to announce a number of changes designed to help with the management of route directions for individual routes.
Firstly, we added in the ability to change the default turn arrows generated when you plot a route. These are chosen automatically based on the shape of the route, but you can now override them if you wish when editing the directions.
Secondly, we've introduced a new option to display turn arrows on the map, so that you can see at a glance where all the important turns are. You can easily toggle the display of these turn arrows in the same way as you can for symbols, labels, direction arrows and distance markers. And, if you have turn arrows displayed, these will also be shown when you print a route map or when you download a route map as an image file.
Next, to assist with navigation of routes on GPS devices, we've amended the route directions to automatically add a FINISH at the end of the route. This also means that the print outs with directions will now include an ETA for finishing the route, if you have the Timer feature turned on when printing it.
Lastly, we've amended our GPX download feature to make use of the full Garmin symbol set. Previously a waypoint was created for each of the directions with the default Blue Flag symbol, but now if you've chosen a symbol in the route planner to associate with one of the directions, a corresponding Garmin symbol will be used for the waypoint in the GPX file, provided that a matching symbol exists. The Garmin symbol set is fairly limited though, so the Blue Flag will still be used where a corresponding Garmin symbol is not available.
plotaroute.com has lots of great plotting and editing features to help you to plot routes quickly and easily.
Plots the shortest path back to the start
Plots return leg of an
Plots return leg via a selected point
Deletes a selected range of points
Replot a section of the route
Measures a section of the route
Switches the start
and end of the route
Move the start/finish of a circular route
Plots extra laps of a circular route
Plots extra loops in the middle of a route
Delete first or last parts of a route
Join together two or more existing routes
Plots a route using draggable waypoints
Plots suggested routes for you!
You can find our more about some of these route planner features in our video tutorials (see How To menu above).
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One of the important things to consider when planning a new route, is how suitable the roads are for the activity. Are they safe enough to navigate on foot? Do they have cycle lanes? Do they have pavements or sidewalks? Are they very narrow or busy? Google Street View helps to answer these questions and is available to all users of plotaroute.com.
Premium users can also make use of our Split Screen feature, which enables you to see both the map and the Street View at the same time. This gives you a ground level view of the road as you plot your route. To see the Split Screen feature in action, take look at this demo video: