Searching a route

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The RouteFinder

Selecting the route type

The first decision to make is how you’d like to travel your route, whether it’s on foot, by bike, motorised transport, on horseback, by boat, or via one of several other options. Click the icon to display a dropdown list that will allow you to customise your selection per category, e.g. cycling includes recreational cycling routes, road bike routes, mountain bike routes, as well as several other options. Click here for more detailed information about route types.

Search by location, author, or search term

You can enter search terms below the route type icons in the search field. A list of items will appear based on the keyword entered. The system automatically provides you with location and author options, but you can always use keywords for a generalised search. If you use the latter method, the engine will look for matches in route names and descriptions. 

Even before you start typing, simply clicking the search field will generate a ‘My location’ and ‘My routes’ prompt. That way, you can either zoom in on your map location or immediately configure your search for only your routes. Those are just two handy shortcuts for speeding up and simplifying your searches. 

That said, to zoom to your current position, you do need to grant RouteYou access to your location data. For RouteYou smartphone users, there’s a chance that your phone’s settings will prevent you from retrieving your GPS location data. As a result, you’ll see the ‘An error has occurred while trying to detect your location’ error message. Discover a few tips for solving that issue here.

If you select a specific spot on the map, it will zoom in on that location. Then you can use the search field again to enter a particular author or search term. Basically, the approach is cumulative and ordered to reflect your thought process. Please note that if you’d like to enter a specific address, you’ll need to use the map’s search field (see below). 

TIP: An indication of how many routes have been found in the selected map area will always display below the search field.


The Filters button leads to even more options for customising your route search. Click the button to open a new window on the left. An overview of active filters and the option to remove some or all filters remains displayed at the top. 

TIP: A red dot will appear next to the button and the active filters to signal any new filters activated. 

TIP: If you select multiple characteristics and themes, the system will apply a Boolean ‘or’ operator. That means the results will satisfy at least one of the conditions, but not necessarily both. 

TIP: Once you’ve set all your filters, click the ‘View results’ button to see your recommended routes. 

The list

If the filter module is not active, an indication of how many routes were found in the selected map area will display under the search field at the top of the search module, followed by a list of routes. 

These routes can be sorted according to several different criteria:

The map

As a rule, the map only displays a selection of clickable routes. Displaying all routes would produce too much visual clutter and significantly reduce the map’s performance. The best routes are always prioritised. Other routes will appear as soon as you zoom in on a specific area. 

The new routes shown in the map view include partial and whole routes. That means that the route displayed in the visible map selection may only represent part of that route. 

Search as I move the map

This option can be turned off or on at the top left corner of the map:

Map features

Read more about the map icons and their associated functionalities here.

Route description

You can get a brief route description from the list by clicking the info button  on the route picture. Alternatively, you could also click one of the map route icons and then click the info button  on the route picture. 

Clicking a route icon in the list or on the map will always provide you with a good supply of practical information at a glance, such as:

The map’s route icons also automatically display the route type, score, and difficulty level based on the colour code displayed in the tip. Blue means ‘Easy’, yellow is ‘Medium’, red is ‘Hard’, and black is ‘Extremely Hard’. 

Desktop versus smartphone

The map and search module are side by side in desktop mode. Tablet and smartphone screens, which are smaller, don’t provide enough space for that. For that reason, small screens display a ‘Show map’ button  at the top of the search module and route list below the search field and next to the filter button. Use it to activate the map. On the map, the ‘Show list’ button  is displayed on the top left. You can use this to return to the search module and route list. The map also displays an additional icon  above the map feature icons; it can be used to turn on the filter module from the map without having to display the route list. Aside from these differences, all other features are the same. 

Frequently asked questions 

How do I find nearby routes?

The quickest way to get a list of nearby routes is to zoom in to your location. Click the ‘My location’ icon  at the top right of the map or enter your current position in the search module’s search field. That will cause the map to recentre and zoom in on your location, which is marked on the map with a blue dot. Now, your list will only display routes that pass through all or part of the map area.

You can also enter your address with the icon  at the top right of the map, but that involves slightly more work.

The shortcuts search menu  at the top of the homepage also allows you to start your search with routes ‘nearby’.   

How do I search for a specific route?

You probably already know a search term in the route’s name or description.
Suppose the search term is ‘Blossom’.

  1. Go to the RouteFinder.
  2. Enter ‘Blossom’ in the search field at the top of the search module.
  3. Select the correct route type.
  4. Make sure to zoom far enough out on the map. 

I can’t find my route

The most common cause of this problem is usually not having zoomed far enough out on the map.

But it could also be a clustering issue. We only display some routes on the map and list for two reasons: 

  1. The first reason we don’t share all routes at once is that your browser or internet connection is likely to have difficulty processing that information sent in bulk, causing the map to glitch or experience noticeable lag. 
  2. The second is that it prevents a cluttered, confusing view.

To solve this issue, we developed clustering. Put simply, we grouped all routes sharing the same search criteria. Routes with the best scores are shown first. Your route selection will change when you zoom or switch filters on or off.

However, there’s also a chance that you may not be able to find your route because you posted it privately. Find out more about that here.

Quickly finding your own routes is easy. Just log in and:

  1. go to the RouteFinder, click the author field, and select My routes
  2. expand your personal dropdown menu from the main menu and select  My routes.
  3. click your profile icon, expand your personal dropdown menu, and select  My routes.
  4. go to your MyRouteYou homepage and select Routes next to your profile image in the top left corner. 

How do I find ‘child-friendly routes’?

  1. Go to the RouteFinder.
  2. Click Filters.
  3. Select the Child friendly option under Characteristics.
    This will display a list of child-friendly routes in the selected area. Now you can move the area or combine ‘child friendly’ with all kinds of other criteria, e.g. route type, difficulty level, etc.

Find wheelchair-accessible routes

  1. Go to the RouteFinder.
  2. Click Filters.
  3. Select the Wheelchair accessible option under Characteristics.
    This will display a list of wheelchair-accessible routes in the selected area. Now you can move the area or combine ‘Wheelchair accessible’ with all kinds of other criteria, e.g. route type, difficulty level, etc.

Read more about ‘wheelchair accessibilityhere.


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