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Route Planning

Prepared routes for walks and cycle rides are available in books, magazines (Trail, TGO, Country Walking, Walk, Triangle etc) from bookshops, libraries and other groups (top tip for non local/familiar destinations is to contact a group in that area, tell them the sort of distance/terrain you want, and they will often quickly suggest something). Our group and some of our members also have routes which can be borrowed or copied - just ask. The web also offers the following:

Why not make your own route from an OS map (available in bookshops, libraries and online)? OS maps vary in fidelity: 1:25k gives 4 times detail to 1:50k. Both are adequate, but use 1:25k if you are new or unsure. Or make your own A4 1:50k map here. This will produce 1/6 of an A4 page; put 6 blocks together to make an A4 page. Simply decide starting point, save block, move arrow twice in required direction to next block. Will need to decide whether 2 columns * 3 rows or vice versa. Repeat 5 times until 6 blocks saved. Open Word, select Page Setup Orientation (Landscape or profile), insert blocks in sequence, will need to increase page margins and/or reduce block sizes. Insert into plastic sleeve, fits in pocket, ideal for when weather dry (ink may run!).