Confused as to what to do with the "po.st" shortlinks that see in the magazine? Or wondering what to click on when you get to online routes? Read this.

Confused as to what to do with the ‘po.st’ shortlinks that see in the magazine? Or wondering what to click on when you get to online routes? Read this.

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Check out this recent letter from a mbr reader…

“I have just been reading the MBR November 2019 and I am interested in doing one of the recommended rides. To obtain the Pennines Calderdale 32KM route please can you advise on what I do with the GPS Download po.st/CalderdaleWinter?
I know that is probably a very simple question.”

– John Murphy

Here’s how to do it

Sadly the po.st links no longer work. But the routes are all accessible online, and here’s how to find them. Either use the menu above to navigate to the Routes section page, or if you know where you want to ride, scroll down to the specific region. If you can’t see your chosen route there, then click here to go to our route repository on All Trails (our original routes host, GPSies.com, is now part of All Trails). 

Click on <Maps> to be taken to a map overview of all our routes. Now either zoom in and pan around, or search in the box at the top left, for the specific route you want to download. Once you’ve found it, click on the route itself.

What you do next depends on what device you’re using. If using your phone, skip to option 2 below. If on a desktop or laptop, go to option 1.

Option 1: on a desktop computer

Login to All Trails, or create a free account. This will allow you to download the GPS files for free.

In the right is a box marked ‘Download as ‘. Select the format you need – usually GPX track – and click download.

Now it’s time to get that file into your navigational device of choice (Garmin, Smartphone etc).

Google is your friend here.

GPS devices are usually pretty straightforward: plug your GPS device into your computer and transfer the GPX file you’ve downloaded onto your device. Your device should have instructions on how to do this.

Option 2: on a smartphone

Getting GPX file into a smartphone can either be much simpler or more complicated!

First of all, download a mapping app that reads GPX files eg. ‘GPX Viewer’ (free app).

Then find the route either on MBR.co.uk or our area on All Trails. Login to All Trails or create a free account. Scroll the webpage until you find the ‘Download as’ dropdown box. Select GPX and download it.

Hopefully(!) your phone will give you a ‘File downloaded’ pop-up. Click on that. The GPX should open up in your mapping app.

Otherwise, fire up the mapping app and then browse for the GPX download.

Again, Google is your friend here. There are too many variables in smartphones and apps to give a catch-all solution. But hopefully the above instructions give you a good grasp as to the generla intent and procedure.