Route Planner

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To the RoutePlanner

The different RoutePlanner elements

Please note: if you use RouteYou on your smartphone, the map and Plan module cannot be displayed side by side. In that case, use the 'Show map'   and 'Show settings'  buttons to switch between both route planner elements.


1/ The map view

Depending on your settings, the map view will be zoomed in on your location or show a certain overview area.

By default, the map background is set to the RouteYou map. Via the map icon on the top right of the map, you can change the map background but also add specific map layers. 

A. The map functionalities

For more information about the map icons and their functionality, click here..

B. Selecting the correct background map or map layers

For more information about the map options, click here.

2/ Plan your route: the planning itself

If you plan a route, you will be offered different options depending on the choices you make.

A. Create your own route or let the system generate a round trip for you

The first choice you have to make is whether you want an A to B tour or a round trip.

The big difference lies in the creation of your route:

>> In both cases you can adjust the result.

TIP: If you choose a route from A to B you still have the possibility to return to A and make a round trip. As soon as you start planning, a specific button appears for this purpose: .

As soon as you start planning, this button   will appear with which you can turn the height profile on or off. On this height profile and at the bottom left of the map, you can read the total length of your planned route.

B. Route type

For both an A to B route and a round trip, you can choose a particular mode for which you want to plot a route.

The quick selection buttons allow you to choose between walking, cycling, motorcycling, horse riding or sailing. Via the icon with the three dots , you can call up the remaining selection and make even more choices. Depending on what you choose here, the routing options will also be adjusted.

C. Routing

The routing determines which type of road will be followed when mapping out. The only exception is the option "Manual". In this case, no calculations are made and the surface or underlying road network is deliberately not taken into account. So this is the option you use to plot paths that are not drawn on the map, but of which you know they exist.

The list of routing options offered is tailored to the route type selected.

For more explanation on the different routing options and their availability by region, click here.

When planning an A to B route, you can change routing at any time. You will then be asked whether you want to apply the change to the entire route or only to the part that you still have to map out. If you change the routing of a round trip, the entire round tripwill be recalculated according to the new routing option.

Attention (!) Choosing a certain routing option can also have the effect that the planner deliberately does not want to send you on a certain road or path. If you want to follow a specific road or path anyway, it's best to choose a "shortest" routing.

D. Length and direction of a round trip

When you plan a round trip, two additional items will appear in the left column:

  1. with the length slider you determine how long your route should be.
  2. with the directional compass you determine in which direction (relative to your starting point) your round trip may be planned.

E. Destination(s)

At the bottom of the left column you have the From bar. You can use this to enter your starting location, or you can click directly on the desired location on the map
For an A to B route there is also a To bar. It is used to enter your next location or endpoint.
As you start planning, Via address bars will appear, naming the locations of your waypoints.

The   button allows you to add Via address bars when planning a route from A to B.

The  button can be useful if you want to start over.

3/ Sticky buttons

As soon as you start planning, a bar with quick selection buttons appears at the bottom of the plan module in the left column. This bar and its associated buttons are 'sticky' which means they remain visible and on top of the information presented in the left column. This is to keep them as accessible as possible. Through these quick selection buttons you can directly access certain functionality:

More information on planning a route

[help626]Click here[/help] to learn more about the different options when planning a route.

A Route Planner with specific features

A Thematic Planner

RouteYou creates route planners for recreational purposes such as cycling, hiking, tourism, city trips, etc.). A Thematic Planner is a route planner for one or more of these purposes. It is a combination of

Are you interested in making your own thematic route planner available for your place, theme or organization? Then contact sales[at-r.]

Examples of Thematic Planners:

A planner with a specific focus

You can create a URL that goes to the general route planner of RouteYou but with a specific setting of map layer and area.

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