In November last year we introduced a new feature that allows you to plot a new route with another one in the background - very handy for tracing over sections of an existing route. We’ve had great feedback about this but some people felt that the feature was a bit too hard to find.
To remedy this we’ve now added a new Trace a Route option to the menus at the top of each page (under the Create menu). Hopefully this will make this feature much more accessible.
While doing this, we’ve also introduced three new shortcuts, to launch the route planner with different settings according to what type of route you want to plot. These can also be found under the Create menu:
Walking Route Planner
Running Route Planner
Cycle Route Planner
I can see how to trace a route over one that I have loaded, but how do I add additional routes to trace over? Great feature!
Hi, you can see Johns answers when I ask the same here: https://www.plotaroute.com/mobile/posts/2036/D/1
Many thanks Peter!
Brilliant! Use this a lot for mapping alternatives when route blocked (locked gates!) for horse riders. BHS Scotland access.
Great feature. How can I remove the old route that I traced, once I'm done with my new route?
Once you've saved your route you can select CLEAR and choose the option to clear everytihng. Then you can reload your saved route - you can do this without leaving the page by searching for it using the universal search box at the top of the page.
Excellent feature ! Having borrowed some routes from another site and imported them, they arrive without directions.
Using the trace feature makes re-creating the route and thereby creating Directions an absolute doddle !
Yes, one of PR's absolute best features, use it all the time.However, I note that after setting a route as the background via Trace a Route, loading a saved route (My Routes, Actions, Edit in Route Planner) deletes the trace. I expected the same behaviour as when I upload a new route.Am I missing something?
The traced route isn't saved anywhere, so that's why it isn't there if you exit the route planner and go back to it. If you want to load one of your saved routes after using Trac e a Route to add another one to the background map, you can select it from the route planner page by typing the name of the route in the Universal Search box next to the menus.
Thanks for the tip!
Interesting. I have a rotue named "01b 24-6-22". If I type directly into the Universal Search, the route soon appears in the "My Routes" section and a quick click loads it into the map. The Trace is maintained.However, if I paste "01b 24-6-22" directly into the box, nothing shows. I can delete characters until the route appears as above. However, if I click the search icon, then after being taken to another page, it takes a few more selctions to load the map.The latter process effectively clears the previous map (ie the Traced Route).Mark
Sorry Mark, I don't know why pasting it works differently. Maybe we might be able to find a way to reload routes added to the background map if you leave the route planner and come back.
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