Making Routes Made Easy

Free route planner for outdoor pursuits
including walking, running and cycling


Plot and share route maps
with directions and elevation profiles

  • PLOT
  • FIND

Looking for the best route planner for walking, running and cycling? - Best Route Planner for Walking, Running and Cycling 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!

Great features...

Our route planner has lots of great features to make route planning simple.

  • auto-plot options
  • off-road routing
  • foot/cycle path maps
  • Google Street View *
  • easy route editing
  • upload routes
  • download GPS files
  • "Make Me a Route" option *
  • put 'Video Maps' on your website
  • auto-generated directions
  • easy social sharing options
  • print maps over multiple pages

* Desktop site only

For a quick introduction, watch our
Mobile Route Planner Video Tutorial.

Latest News
Monday 11 Feb 2019

Adding Detours to Route Maps

The 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:

Example of a route map with a detour

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.

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Route Planning Made Easy has lots of great plotting and editing features to help you to plot routes quickly and easily.

Back To The Start

Plots the shortest path back to the start

Same Route Back

Plots return leg of an
out-and-back route

Rejoin Route Home

Plots return leg via a selected point

Delete Section

Deletes a selected range of points

Replot Section

Replot a section of the route

Measure Section

Measures a section of the route

Reverse Route

Switches the start
and end of the route

Move Start Point

Move the start/finish of a circular route

Repeat a Route

Plots extra laps of a circular route

Repeat a Loop

Plots extra loops in the middle of a route

Delete Homestretch

Delete first/final leg to your house

Combine Routes

Join together two or more existing routes

Plot With Waypoints

Plots a route using draggable waypoints

Make Me a Route

Plots suggested routes for you!

For more information, check out the video tutorials on our desktop site.

NOTE: Some features are only available on the desktop version of the website.

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