"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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The plotaroute.com route planner is already one of the most sophisticated online route planners available, but today we've taken it to a new level by adding the ability to show multiple variations to a route on one map.
Our new Plot a Detour feature enables you to show shortcuts, extensions, diversions or indeed any type of alternative way that deviates from the main route. Detours are shown on the map with dashed lines in a variety of colours. They are 'hot swappable', so you can easily make them part of the route by clicking on them. This makes it very quick and easy to see how detours affect the length of the route and its elevation profile, by simply toggling between the detour and the main route.
You can also label any detours you've added by using our existing map annotation features, which allow you to display text labels on the map in matching colours. Here is an example:
To see how detours work once added to a route, take a look at the following example: example of a route with a detour.
We've written some instructions for plotting detours, which you can find in the Tips and Tricks section of the site and we've also produced a short demo video, so you can see this new feature in action.
We believe that there are many potential use cases for the new Plot a Detour feature and it's been one of our most popular feature requests, so we're very pleased to have been able to introduce this right across the site. We hope that lots of you will find it useful.
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 Premium users of plotaroute.com.
Our Split Screen feature 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: