GPS files

View a map of start points for Hampshire County Council routes. This map also lets you view the routes, link to the HCC leaflets and download track files ready to load into your GPS.

Using a GPS can make navigation on your bicycle very easy. You’ll need a hand-held GPS, and ideally a PC with software that can load your GPS with your route. There are lots of GPS units on the market and the Garmin eTrex range, especially the Legend model is very popular with cyclists. You can mount the unit on your handlebars and a set of batteries will last for about 18 hours, although it’s probably best to use NiMH or Li-ion rechargeables. If you’d like to know more about how a GPS works this link is a good introduction.

The easiest way to plan your rides is to use a software package that includes Ordnance Survey mapping: the most popular seem to be Anquet, Fugawi, Memory Map and TrackLogs.

All of these packages have options to buy the map coverage that suits you. All the packages show your 3D views of your route and the profile as well. There are lots of free or shareware packages that let you upload and download data, but most of these do not
come with maps.

You can plan your ride using either Tracks, which consists of lots of points along the way or Routes which just record major waypoints like road junctions. Most cyclists find that Tracks are best because you can follow your progress more easily on the screen. All of the routes on this site can be downloaded in GPX format which is supported by many of the mapping packages.  Dylan Hayes’ site has some useful hints for conversion.