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Beginner's guide to gravel riding

19/11/2021 10 mins read

Gravel riding fuses the best parts of road cycling, mountain biking and trail riding. You can ride a gravel bike on any terrain making them perfect for exploring from your front door. This guide to gravel riding will explain what it is, where to do it and how to get started.

All you need to know about electric bikes (e-bikes)

28/10/2021 5 mins read

OS Champion and owner of Stage 1 Cycles, Helen Pollard, tells you everything you need to know about e-bikes and how they can help you save money, become fitter, more sustainable and cover more ground.

Beginner's guide to cycle touring

01/10/2021 5 mins read

Travelling by bike guarantees a fantastic adventure and allows you to discover much more than your regular holiday. This beginner's guide to cycle touring will explain what it is and how to do it.

Bikepacking vs Cycle Touring

01/10/2021 10 mins read

The open road is often synonymous with freedom, and there’s few things that will set you freer than taking to it on two or three wheels (or even one!). Sam Jones, from Cycling UK, outlines the differences between bikepacking and cycle touring plus what you'll need to set off on your own multi-day adventure!

10 best British long-distance cycle routes

01/10/2021 10 min read

If you're looking for an epic bikepacking or cycle touring trip, we have just the adventure for you! Sam Jones from Cycling UK shares with us his favourite long-distance cycle routes in Great Britain for both on and off-road adventures.

10 top tips for a successful bike adventure

01/10/2021 5 mins read

Cycling enthusiast Laura Kennington gives us 10 top tips for planning, packing and executing a successful overnight or weekend bike adventure.

Public Rights of Way

29/03/2021 20 min read

Did you know, we show over 220,000 km of public rights of way on our maps? Approximately 170,000 km of these are footpaths and 40,000 km are bridleways. Over 4,600 km are National Trails and 30,900 km are recreational routes!

Make time to find the path less trodden

03/01/2021 All of Great Britain

Find your freedom and escape the crowds by finding a path less trodden. Our OS GetOutside Champions share with us their favourite walking and cycling routes to enjoy some peace and quiet.

10 best routes for coffee and cake

15/10/2020 All of Great Britain

Our GetOutside champions share their tried and tested routes which all incorporate a well-deserved stop for coffee and cake. Here's their top 10 coffee-fuelled routes and recommended sweet treats.

How to find easy walking and cycling routes


If you prefer traffic-free cycling routes, need a footpath that's stile-free so you can walk with a pram or are looking for a route suitable for a wheelchair, former railway lines can be the ideal solution.

What is a GPX file?

01/07/2020 10 min read

In any discussion of routes, navigation or GPS devices, you have probably seen people mentioning ‘GPX files’. GPX is shorthand for GPS eXchange Format and is a type of file that’s really helpful to anyone who loves the outdoors, plus it's the most popular way of saving and exchanging routes.

Considerate cycling


There’s been a sudden surge in interest in cycling recently, which is great! But like all users of the outdoors, cyclists need to be aware of their responsibilities too. Read on for what you can do…

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