About our guides
Cycling Guides takes a fresh approach to helping new, family, and leisure cyclists discover rewarding places to cycle. We also help more experienced cyclists get the most from areas that can be difficult to explore.
Our mission is to offer clear, easy-to-use maps and reliable information so that you can enjoy a great day out with the minimum of effort. We offer tried-and-tested guides for family and leisure cycling in the UK.
Our guides feature high quality Ordnance Survey mapping, reliable step-by-step directions and comprehensive information on local amenities to help you get the very most from great places to explore by bike.
We research our guides thoroughly, getting out on the routes to make sure every detail is accurate. Our guides also have a unique user-friendly design so that all the information that you need for each route is close together making them much more manageable than conventional maps.
If you have a bit more adventure in mind we unravel the best routes in areas where finding these is not always straightforward - such as the Forest of Dean.
To complement the guides, we produce handy GPS files available through the Viewranger app and easy to use on your smart phone.
There are any cheap and free maps out there - and we have seen many people lost and confused using them! Spend a pound or two more on ours and make the most of your precious holidays and days out!
Some feedback on our Forest of Dean guide:
Routes I had never thought about - thank you!
- P.S. Gloucestershire
Dispatched quickly, arrived quickly, excellent.
- S.D. Barry
I'm feeling inspired to go out there and get my family along and try it out.
- W.Hynam, Bristol
Really useful in this complex area.
- John Grimshaw CBE (former Sustrans CEO)
I was at the FoD activities festival today and met Ben Searle. I bought a copy of your guide and I'm absolutely delighted with it! The detail on the map is amazing and I love the little extras like the names of the former collieries on the Family Trail (excellent for navigation) and speed limits on the major roads. Well done to all those who were involved in the compilation of the map: I'm very, VERY impressed!
- Andy T - by email
I've ridden some of your routes before but the way you joined up the bits I already knew with interesting tracks I didn't know made for a great ride. You have obviously put in a tremendous amount of hard work. It is by far the most comprehensive yet easy to read guide that I have ever seen anywhere.
- Mike H, Chepstow
And on our New Forest guide:
Having seen quite a few cycling maps of the Forest, we are particularly impressed with this design and like the feature of being able to fold the map in a certain way to see a larger area - it’s durable, clear and easy to use and the range of trails available near to Avon Tyrrell is a fantastic resource now available to our guests.
- Avon Tyrrell, The UK Youth Outdoor Activity Centre
This map is well worth investing in for a visit to the New Forest (full review here)
- CTC (New Forest Cycling Week)
What else do our guides offer?
- They are waterproof and tear-proof - printed on tough plastic that feels like high quality paper. Why should a map fall apart after a shower or a gust of wind?
- Clear step-by-step directions are provided for a number of rides, plus many more miles of other tested and rewarding routes are shown.
- They are family friendly. You can plan your day out and see what's coming up.
- The directions are always adjacent to the map panel you are using - our flip-flap-free way!
- Places to eat, drink and do, within easy reach of the rides.
- Tips and help in finding your way.
Because we want to help get you cycling explore the help and advice pages of this site. Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news - we’ll try to keep you abreast of anything you need to know for the areas our guides cover and you’ll be the first to know when exciting new guides are published! Please let us have any relevant news to share too - thanks! Or you can leave us a message for occasional email updates.
Our guides include all the detail you need to plan a day out, but to supplement your understanding of our guide’s map, you can download the full OS key here (or refer to any OS Explorer series map).
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DISCLAIMER: Great care has been taken in the preparation of our guides. All information provided in these and on this website is done so in good faith. We cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omissions or changes, or their consequences. Links from this website are provided in good faith but we do not take responsibility for their content.