Cycle Maps and Cycle Touring Guide Books

Bike Ride Maps the cycle maps and cycle touring guide books website


I’m sorry to say that the Bike Ride Maps website is closing down as of today, 25th June 2024.

I’m grateful to all those who have been involved, those who have contributed in any way.

And to someone reading this now, I wish you good, safe, happy cycling.

Mike Carden



The cycle maps and cycle touring guide books website

If you are looking for where to buy cycle maps and cycle touring guide books, or for suggestions and advice on where to ride, you have found the right place.

  • UK cycle maps and guide books sorted by county, region and country
  • Maps and guide books for long-distance cycle routes including the C2C, Reivers Route, Hadrian’s Cycleway, the Trans Pennine Trail and more
  • Cycle touring guide books for Europe including France, Spain and the Danube
  • Mountain biking and off-road riding guide books and maps
  • Many of the above at sale or discount prices
  • Plus blog posts and information pages on where to cycle and more

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Cycle maps and cycle touring guide books by area and for England’s counties, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of Scotland

We have, for example, maps covering the Midlands, South East England, Scotland, Wales etc, including OS Tour maps, Goldeneye maps, National Byway maps and where they are available, guide books showing suggested cycle routes.

For the English counties, we have those same maps and guides split out, eg for Devon, for Cumbria, for London etc, just as we do for the regions of Scotland, such as the Highlands and Islands, Edinburgh and the Borders etc.

Long-distance cycle-touring routes

We have guide books and/or maps for long-distance waymarked cycle routes in the UK including the Sustrans National Cycle Network coast to coast cycle routes, such as the C2C, and also for those that are run separately, such as the Scottish C2C and the Reivers Route.

You can read more about the most popular of the long-distance UK cycle routes by clicking below:

International cycle guide books

We stock cycling guide books for various European destinations. Our French cycle route guide books are very popular, plus the cycle map of Mallorca, but there are quite a lot more. These cover the main areas:

Cycling In…

Our sections called ‘Cycling in …’ include Cycling in Devon, Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria, Cycling in Sussex, Cycling in Derbyshire and the Peak District, Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, Cycling in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire and Cycling in Northumberland and Tyneside and have information and suggestions on:

  • Suggested cycle touring and cycling holiday hubs
  • Gentle / family bike rides
  • Circular cycle tours
  • Guide books and maps for cycle touring
  • Waymarked long-distance cycle routes
  • Mountain biking / off-road cycle routes
  • Cycle-friendly holiday accommodation
  • Cycling maps and guide books

Blog Posts

As well as our maps and guides and Cycling In… series of blog posts, other blog posts include:

Tips for Buying your First Bike or E-Bike“, “Green Cycle Holidays and Short Breaks from London“, “5 Reasons the C2C is So Popular“, “Top Tips for a Successful Bike Tour” and “10 Best Cycling Staycations“.

Click on the full list from the menu at the top of the page.

Read on for more information on what you can find on the website and for links to the webstore.

Most popular cycle maps and guide books by area

Devon & Cornwall cycle routes

The author selflessly exploring South Devon

There are Ordnance Survey, Cycle Maps UK, Goldeneye and Harvey cycle maps for Cornwall and Devon. 

Long-distance bike routes include:

  • the Devon Coast to Coast guide book from Excellent Books
  • the Cornish Way and the Camel Trail on The Cycle Maps UK maps of Cornwall and West Devon

You can read more about cycle routes in Devon in the blog post, Cycling in Devon.

Cycling in South and South East England

There is also stock here of Goldeneye, Vertebrate and CycleCity guide books and cycling maps for Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the rest of south coast of England. For London and Essex there is the very good new Cycle Maps UK map.

The blog post Cycling in Sussex has more information.

Cumbria and the Lake District cycle maps and guide books

Cycling in Lakeland and the surrounding Cumbrian hills and coasts has become very popular.

There are good maps from Goldeneye and Ordnance Survey, while you can read about a cycle tour of the area in ‘A Lake District Grand Tour.

We also stock Cicerone and Cyclecity guide books for area.

New guide books include Off-Road Rides and Family Friendly Rides.

You can read suggestions for cycle routes in the area in our blog post Cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Cycle routes in the Peak District

The Peak District has a great mix of cycling including gentle routes along converted railway lines such as the Monsal Trail; challenging cycling around Bakewell and Hathersage; and mountain-bike routes to less well-known parts of the National Park.

You can read more in the blog post Cycling in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Yorkshire cycle route maps and guide books

We have Goldeneye cycle maps and Harvey maps covering much of Yorkshire. There is also the long-distance heritage cycle route in the National Byway map for Yorkshire.

You can read more about cycling in Yorkshire in the blog posts: Cycling in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds and Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales.

Cycle routes in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are an iconic landscape of rolling hills and some preposterously pretty villages.

The Goldeneye Cotswolds map and the Cicerone guide book have a wealth of cycle routes between them that take in the best of the area.

There is also a National Byway route, plus other guide books that cover part of the area.

You can read more in the blog post Cycling in the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire

Cycle routes in Northumberland and Durham

Cycle routes in Northumberland and Durham

Cycling in the North East of England can be a joy, and there are some great cycle routes, with very good maps and guide books to help.

There is a ‘Cycle Touring Map of Northumberland’ as well as two guide books, including ’33 Cycle Routes in Northumberland and Tyneside’.

The waymarked National Byway for North East England is a great way to explore the area’s heritage on your bike (one of four National Byway maps available).

Mountain bikers are not forgotten, including a guide book to the area, the new Sandstone Way MB route, as well as routes within ’33 Cycle Routes in Northumberland and Tyneside’.

Read the blog post Cycling in Northumberland and Tyneside for more information.

Most popular cycle touring maps and guide books

Waymarked Coast to Coast Cycle Touring Routes in Britain

The C2C or Sea To Sea Sustrans coast to coast cycle route

C2C cycle maps and cycle touring guide books

The C2C is the iconic coast to coast cycle route. Normally done in 3-4 days, the C2C has some testing hills and beautiful scenery. 

The route is usually done West to East, with start points at Whitehaven and Workington, and end points at Tynemouth and Sunderland.

We stock the very good, up-to-date Footprint C2C map, plus the Ultimate C2C guide book from Excellent Books and the Cicerone C2C guide book.

You can also read more in the guest blog: 5 reasons the C2C is so popular by Richard Peace, the author of the Excellent Books C2C guide book.

The Scottish C2C

The Scottish C2C cycle route is a brilliant new route across Southern Scotland. It starts on the Solway coast facing the Irish Sea, crosses the Southern Uplands.

The finish is in Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth.

The Reivers Route

Starting on the North Sea coast at the end of the C2C route at Tynemouth, the Reivers Route takes a more northerly route. It runs north into Northumberland via Kielder. It then leads down to Carlisle and the Cumbrian coast, finishing at Whitehaven.

Hadrian’s Cycleway route

Hadrian’s Cycleway is a very popular coast-to-coast route. It starts at Ravenglass on the west coast of Cumbria, then goes round the Cumbrian coast and into Carlisle.

From there, the route is close to, but not always right next to, Hadrian’s Wall itself. There is then an easy finish through Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the North Sea coast itself.

Way of the Roses cycle route

The Way of the Roses starts in the White Rose county of Yorkshire and finishes in the Red Rose county of Lancashire. It takes in York itself, the Yorkshire Dales and Lancaster.

The Devon Coast to Coast cycle route

You could also try the Devon Coast to Coast route. This is a great 2 or 3 day ride from the north coast of Devon to Plymouth via the edge of Dartmoor. It is almost all on disused railway lines and therefore mercifully car-free.

The Trans Pennine Trail

From the Irish Sea to the North Sea, via Liverpool, Manchester and Yorkshire, the Trans Pennine Trail is a relatively flat route from coast to coast. For much of the way it uses canal towpaths and off-road routes.

Other Waymarked Cycle Touring Routes in Britain

The National Byway maps are waymarked routes linking Heritage sites in Yorkshire, the Midlands, Scotland and Northumberland. However, note that that some signage is now missing, so a map is essential to follow these.

Cicerone have very good guide books to long-distance routes (not always signposted), such as the Lancashire Cycleway, the circuit of Wales in Cycle Touring in Wales, and routes through the Hebrides and Northern Scotland.

Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle routes

And then there is LEJOG cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats – or the other way around.

There is no defined single route, so there are now four different guide books showing options, some quick, some more leisurely journey.

Most popular cycle maps and guide books for Europe

France cycle-touring guide books

We have the very, very good cycle-touring guide books from Excellent Books:

  • Cycling Southern France
  • Cycling Northern France
  • The Veloscenic (from Paris to Versailles and on to Mont St Michel)

We have guide books to cycling in France from Cicerone Books, including:

  • The River Loire
  • Canal du Midi
  • Canal de la Garonne
  • River Rhone
  • River Moselle
  • London to Paris (the Avenue Verte and an alternative)

Plus the ‘Greenways and Cycle Routes of France’ map by IGN.

France En Velo is a guide to cycling end to end in France, with loads of great pictures and maps.

Other European cycle routes – Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany and the Danube

For example, there are Cicerone cycle guides for:

  • The Danube Cycleway
  • The Rhine Cycleway
  • The Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
  • The Camino de Santiago / Way of St James in Spain

Plus an excellent cycle map of Mallorca.

You can find the all the European cycle maps and guide books here, shown by country.

Practical cycle guide books

The practical cycle books on the website include the excellent Electric Bikes, Brompton Bikes, City Cycling, Family Cycling and more.

Mountain biking and off-road riding guide books 

We have a range of mountain-bike and off-road riding guide books and maps from Vertebrate, Cicerone and Goldeneye covering major mountain-bike areas around Britain.

These include the Peak District, the South Downs, the Cotswolds, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Devon, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales etc.

The map and guide book publishers

Goldeneye map range

The maps and books we stock are from a wide range of publishers who specialise in cycling. So if you are searching for a particular range, this listing could help. The following are just the most popular:

Goldeneye Cycle Maps

Two series of maps:

  • The Goldeneye Country Lanes and Traffic-free Cycle Routes series including Devon (Exmoor and North Devon; Dartmoor and South Devon), the Cotswolds, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cornwall and the Peak District.
  • The Goldeneye off-road mountain-bike routes series, including the Peak District, the Lake District, the Cotswolds and Dartmoor.

Cicerone Press cycle guide books

  • Cycle touring guides for Europe including France (eg the Loire, the Canal du Midi, the Rhone), Spain (eg the Camino di Santiago), the Danube Cycleway and the Rhine Cycle Route.
  • Guide books to long distance cycle routes in the UK include the C2C, Hadrian’s Cycleway, the Way of the Roses, End to End (LEJOG).
  • There are touring guides for Scotland and Wales.
  • Cicerone Press also have mountain biking guide books.
Cicerone cycle guide book range
Just a few of the Cicerone range

Excellent Books

Guide books for the C2C, Southern France, Trans-Pennine Trail, Devon Coast to Coast, South Pennines, the Veloscenic in northern France, Electric Bikes and Brompton Bikes.

Excellent Books range
The Excellent Books range

Ordnance Survey tour maps

Maps covering popular holiday areas of the UK – the Peak District, the Lake District, Devon, Cornwall, Scotland and the Cotswolds.

National Byway maps

Heritage cycle route maps for the Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East of England and South West Scotland.

Harvey cycle maps

Cycle maps of the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor.

Cyclecity guide books

Guide books including Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the Lake District.

Cyclecity cycle guide books
The Cyclecity range

Vertebrate mountain bike and off-road guide books

Very good mountain-biking and off-road guide books

And humorous travel bike books from Bike Ride Books (spoiler alert – this is me).

Blog posts

Cycling blog posts


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Cycle Maps and Cycle Touring Guide Books