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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 22-06-2016, 23:30
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Originally Posted by tugboat View Post
During my recent trip away I didn't often have internet access, yet I wanted to know where there were potential cycling opportunities.

It appears you can only access the Sustrans map online, or you have to buy a paper map for a particular area. That gets expensive, and who wants to carry loads of paper maps anyway?

It strikes me that it would be ideal to be able to download the network onto a smartphone, which you could then search for the area you're in and expand as necessary, and then carry the phone in your pocket or mount on the handlebars.

I've been looking for an app for my Android phone but, being a bit of a techno-numpty, I'm struggling a bit. Can anyone recommend a way of doing what I'm looking for, or is it just not possible?

I tried saving the Sustrans map (off their website) as a document on the laptop, but it will only display when Wifi is connected.
I would recommend that you download Osmand+ on to your smartphone. Its an offline mapping and navigation app but it has many of the NCN cycle paths already loaded into the data PLUS there are many other cycle routes on there as well. I find Osmand to be the best of all the offline mapping apps, the level of detail is superb and as a sat/nav it is first rate. We used it recently during our three week trip around Brittany and it behaved perfectly. It is pretty data heavy but you can download one country at a time or even specific regions of countries if you have limited storage on your device. You can configure your maps for vehicles, bikes or pedestrians and you can select "cycle routes" in the settings and you will find NCN cycle routes highlighted in blue with appropriate NCN number alongside. As previously mentioned there are many other cycle routes, like the Tarka Trail in North Devon for example. I should also add that Osmand has a Contour Lines plug-in which is useful for knowing how hilly your cycle ride is going to be. If you want any info to help you decide give me a PM.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 23-06-2016, 08:14 Thread Starter
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Thanks, Caulkhead, I'll deffo have a look at that.

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