plotaroute.com offers free route planning tools tools for plotting and sharing route maps for walks, runs, rides and all outdoor activities anywhere in the world.
To get started, create a free account or click the Plot a Route button.
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Please tell your friends about plotaroute.com. Use the share buttons here to share a link to plotaroute.com or the Share symbol on the map to share a route map.
QUICK START - This tutorial will show you how to get started with the plotaroute.com route planner and how to use the basic features. View tutorial...
PLOTTING OUT AND BACK ROUTES - This tutorial will demonstrate how to save time plotting an out and back route.View tutorial...
MAKE ME A ROUTE This tutorial shows you how to use the Make Me a Route feature, which can automatically plot suggested routes for you. You just need to say where you want to start and how long you want the route to be. View tutorial...
EDITING ROUTES This tutorial shows you some quick and simple ways to make changes to your routes. View tutorial...
MOBILE ROUTE PLANNER This tutorial demonstrates the main features of our mobile route planner. View tutorial...
Map and measure your walks, runs, bike rides
and more, with directions and elevation profiles
Save routes and share them with friends with a free account
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.
Read more in our news post about this.
Watch our route planner in action...
More videos under the Tutorials menu.
We are currently in the process of implementing some changes to our elevation profiles and statistics following feedback from some users that occasional fluctuations in elevation readings sometimes did not reflect real world conditions and were leading to inflated total ascent calculations. To alleviate this problem we have decided to increase the default distance interval we use between elevation readings, which should help to smooth out superficial bumps and dips that don't have a material effect on the overall profile of the route.
When you save a new route, we will now generate elevation readings at 90m intervals along the route (previously 30m) up to a maximum of 5000 readings per route, when the interval will be increased accordingly. You can still view a provisional elevation profile as you are plotting a route, but this is based on a maximum of 500 readings until the route is saved, when the more detailed version is generated, along with the complete set of elevation statistics for the route.
As part of these changes we have also added a new Total Descent figure to the elevation statistics available for each route. This was another request from our Feature Requests list.
The changes have already been implemented for any new routes you save and we will be recalculating the elevation statistics for all existing routes as soon as possible, so that elevation statistics for different routes can be compared on a like for like basis. Over 200,000 routes have now been saved on plotaroute.com, so these recalculations will happen over time, although we expect this to be completed within the next 7 days.
Hopefully these changes will also make it easier to compare ascent calculations from plotaroute.com with ascent calculations from other devices and applications, although please bear in mind that ascent calculations will always vary depending on the distance between sampled elevation readings and that ascent calculations by GPS devices can often be affected by altitude measurement inaccuracies and gaps in recordings due to a weak or lost GPS signal.
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/final leg to your house
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 Tutorials menu above).
Hi! My name is John and I'm the founder of plotaroute.com. I'd like to firstly say a big thank you for visiting the site - I hope you are finding it useful. I'd also like to take this opportunity to share with you another of my projects if I may.
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Please consider supporting this campaign, on behalf of every cancer patient dying for a cure. Thank you.