If you have an idea of where you want to go, route planners are an ideal way to help plot your route.
Cycle Streets allows you to plan a route based on street addresses and post codes. It will also let you download the directions as a gpx file to use on navigation devices. Another feature of the site is that it gives you a gradient profile of your route so you know where the hills are. It calculates distance, journey time and also indicates traffic lights along the way, CO2 savings and calories burned and allows you to set the pace for cycling.
Glasgow has developed a number of cycle rides of various lengths. We are fortunate to have countryside on our doorstep combined with good rail connectivity. You can use this to plan your start point, or your escape route if you find the ride just that bit too ambitious. There are also the National Cycle Network routes, and these are featured on our cycle map.
Another inspiration for getting out there is Geocaching. The purpose of this 21st century leisure treasure hunt activity is to find hidden caches, usually small boxes containing a log book and items left by other geocachers. The geocache phenomena is global and whether searching locally or further afield, you’ll find some that are placed close to a walking route to add that further incentive to get out there.