Bury St Edmunds Ramblers

Route Planner Information

This Route Planner is provided & maintained by David Stearne, a Rambler in Cheshire.

The facility is provided 'as is' with no guarantees. If a route prepared on the site is used for navigation including upload to a handheld GPS Unit, you must verify any waypoints/routes are correct (including accurate transfer to a handheld GPS) BEFORE relying on them for Navigation.

It is intended for use in a Web Browser on a PC or MAC but some users have had success on an Android based Phone or Tablet. It will not work on Ipad or Iphone.

See below for more information.

Instruction Sheet

Click on “Route Planner - Planner” in the menu.

This will open a new tab with the Route Planning Software.

Enter a location for the centre of your map.

Click on “Start Track”(green box at top left)

Mouse pointer will change to a cross.

Move the cross to the point on the map where you wish to start your route & click. A red circle will now show the start of your route.

Move the pointer & click for further points on your route.

If you need to move any of the marked points this is possible by clicking, holding & dragging on any red dot along the route or the circle at the start.

Once you have completed your route it can be saved as a file in GPX format. This is a standard format that is widely used to upload routes to handheld GPS devices. (Garmin etc.)

As well as being useful to upload to devices the GPX file can also be reloaded back into this software so that you can work on the route at a future occasion. (Opening a saved GPX file must be done by using the “Open  GPX File” button from within the Route Planning software – double clicking the file will NOT work!)

It is possible to print the map with the route on it or use the snipping tool (only available on Windows Vista, some versions of 7, 8 & 10) to capture a part of the map.

Useful features

  • As you move the pointer the OS Reference is displayed in a box at the top left of the map.
  • The length & ascent of the route that you have created is shown at top left.
  • You are able to save & load a GPX file.
  • It is possible to share your route with others by sending them the GPX file by email or other means.
  • It is FREE

New features for 2016

  • You can reverse a route or track; there is a silver reverse button at the bottom of the button list. Useful if you use your GPS for following a route and want to follow it in reverse. Or to add points before the Start point you can reverse the track, add points to the new end (was the start), and then reverse it again.
  • You can delete points in a rectangle by holding the Alt key down and drawing a rectangle with the cursor.
  • You can copy the 10 fig Grid Ref of the exact point where the cursor is by pressing the space bar to select it; then use Control+C to copy it and Control+V to paste it elsewhere.

Click here to download "Instruction Sheet" as a PDF

New Features

1. You can reverse a route or track; there is a silver reverse button at the bottom of the button list.
    Useful if you use your GPS for following a route and want to follow it in reverse.
    Or to add points before the Start point you can reverse the track, add points to the new end (was the start), and then reverse it again.

2. You can delete points in a rectangle by holding the Alt key down and drawing a rectangle with the cursor.

3. You can copy the 10 fig Grid Ref of the exact point where the cursor is by pressing the space bar to select it; then use Control+C to copy it and Control+V to paste it elsewhere.

How to save GPX files from Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) or 8 (IE8)

1. First create your route. You should then have a screen that looks like the one below. To save it, click on the green “Save GPX File button”

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2. At this point, IE8 and IE9 may behave differently
a. In IE9, you now get the screen below asking if you want to save all waypoints to GPX file as Route. Click “OK”

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b. In IE8, at some point you will get a banner accross the top of the screen (as shown below) warning you that the web site is trying to run a scripted window. Click on the banner and select “temporarily allow scripted windows”. Then continue (you might need to click the “Save GPX file” button again). Note: This banner might appear later in the process. Whenever that is, just allow the scripted window and carry on (you might need to repeat the last command)

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3. You now get a dialogue box asking for a filename to give to the route. Enter a name in the box that you will remember. (Note: you can use normal text for the file name but avoid punctuation marks)

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4. You are now prompted to enter a waypoint start number. Internet Explorer will use this to assign sequential numbers to each point in the gpx file. Normally, you would want to start this numbering at zero but you can change that if you like

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5. If you are running IE9 a dialogue box now appears at the bottom of the screen to ask what you want to do with the file. Select the “Save File as” button from the drop down list. This will allow you to chose where the file is saved. If you simply select “Save” it will be saved in your “Downloads” folder by default.

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6. You will now see a box asking where you would like to save the file. Select a suitable folder. You will notice that the filename is already in the dialogue box. Make sure the file type is GPX File (*.gpx)

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7. That’s it. The file should now be saved as a gpx file in the location you specified in paragraph 5.

Click here to download "How to save GPX files from Internet Explorer" as a PDF

How to save GPX files from FireFox

 1. First create your route. You should then have a screen that looks like the one below. To save it, click on the green “Save GPX File button”

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2. You now get the screen below asking if you want to save all waypoints to GPX file as Route. Click “OK”

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3. You now get a dialogue box asking for a filename to give to the route. Enter a name in the box that you will remember. (Note: if you use several words with spaces, Firefox will ignore everything after the first space. So in the example below it will save the file as “Walk” not “Walk Plan Demo 1”. To avoid this use hyphens or underscores instead of spaces.

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4. The dialogue box now appears to ask what you want to do with the file. Select the “Save File” button. It’s also a good idea to check the box next to “Do this automatically for files like this from now on”. If you do that, you won’t get this box next time.

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5. You will now see a box asking where you would like to save the file. Select a suitable folder. You will notice that the filename is already in the dialogue box. In order to make sure it is saved as a gpx file, type “.gpx” after the filename (without the quotes) as shown below.

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6. That’s it. The file should now be saved as a gpx file in the location you specified in paragraph 5.

Click here to download "How to save GPX files from Firefox" as a PDF

Use With A Tablet or Phone

The Router Planner works well with most Internet Browsers on a PC or MAC.

Use on a Tablet or Phone is variable. It does not work on an Ipad or Iphone. It does work on Android based devices.

There are some problem's with the size & functionality of the buttons when using with an Android based device. (see below for some suggestions.)

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After a lot of trial and error I have finally solved the route planner problem on my tablet. It may be of use if somebody else has the same problem.

  • Open route planner.
  • Tap the "help" button.( small beige one at top, if it is too small to read.)  This opens up a box with various instructions on a grey background.
  • Ignore the instructions but enlarge this box with fingers .( not with -/+ icons at top of page)
  • This also enlarges the map, including buttons/icons which were too small.
  • Close the box. The icons remain fixed at the size they are when you close the box. Map can still be zoomed.

This works on my Galaxy tablet at least. (Thank you to Lynda Heywood for this.)

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On Androids my best result is to turn on Magnification Gestures under Settings/Accessibility/Vision/Magnification Gestures.
Then triple tap will allow full pinch/zoom magnification, and another triple tap turns it off. (Thank you to David Stearne for this.)

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017