Route finding

Wondering where to cycle?
Here we have gathered links to tools to create your own routes and to maps of local cycle routes.

There are a range of GPS tools suitable to attach to your handlebars to help you follow a pre-set route when cycling or you can download routes to you mobile phone instead. Of course, you can choose to take a paper map instead (or in addition as a backup..)

Mapping tools

For an overview of  Basingstoke cycle provisions download the (out-of-date) Basingstoke cycle map (PDF, 2MB) or check this Openstreet map.

Generic map tools:

  • Cyclestreets: dedicated journey planner for cyclists.There are a range of options to suit your journey purpose or cycling style together with satellite views and street views.
  • Google maps: online map and route planner. Good for printing or to send directions to phone.
  • Openstreetmap: free, open source, editable online map to create routes. Use in conjunction with Osmand as an offline  navigation tool on your phone.
  • Ordnance Survey: prepare routes and download maps to phone.
  • Streetmap: allows you to view sections of an OS map or any other type of view but does not provide routes. 
Also: historic map of Basingstoke area (from Sabre-roads.)

Cycle route sharing tools:

Two popular sites where people post their cycle routes. You can plan your ride there with the mapping tool or upload the GPS track of a ride you have completed.

These sites are primarily intended as workout logs for fitness (or competition). They are very useful to share routes.

Cycle routes

  • National Cycle Network route 23 goes through the borough. There are 2 maps to download:

off-road routes

  • The Hampshire County Council website has more cycling maps (to purchase from Ordnance survey).
  • The cycle route sharing tools listed above (Map my Ride and Strava) are good places to find suggestions for local cycle rides.

Bridleways and Restricted Byways are rights of way (ROWs) that can be used by cyclists in the countryside, they are shown on OS maps and the definitive map created by Hampshire County Council.  There are also permissive path such as the Oakley to Kempshott path which allow cycling.  These are created by the landowner who can withdraw permission.