The Route Mapping

I don’t think you can beat the (OS) Ordnance Survey’s maps for clarity. After much trial and error, I’ve now opted for their ‘getamap’ service to share routes. You need the (free) ‘Silverlight’ software installed to be able to see a route, but you only need to install it once. The site will prompt you. Obviously, use at your own risk but ‘Silverlight’ seems quite benign.

Silverlight works on Apple and Windows desktops and laptops; it doesn’t seem to work on mobile Apple devices, nor anything Android powered. I’ve not been able to try it on a Windows phone.

Apart from a few of the first maps I put online, I also give GPX files as downloads for those with apps on their phones or whatever that can use the data.

Annoyingly, the OS links seem to default to the “ZoomMap” option (upper left of the map). Select “Leisure” to go to the proper OS mapping. For walking and off-road cycling routes, I recommend zooming in until bridleways and footpaths are in green. For road cycle routes, I find being zoomed out a bit is clear enough.

These are routes I’ve walked/ridden. Follow them at your own risk; they’re only suggestions, and conditions change all the time.

Cycling routes mostly start/finish in Caversham/Emmer Green because it’s around there I often meet with friends if I’m not riding solo. If you’re travelling by car to here as a start point, there’s free parking nearby, off Caversham Park Road on the right as you go up the road (approx. SU 725 767).