Planning your trip

Looking for information about cycling in South Yorkshire? The local Councils are a great source of information to head to if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration on where to cycle. Or alternatively, there are lots of well-established cycling groups across the county who will be able to offer advice on the best routes to take.

We've pulled together a selection of our favourite cycling journey planning websites and apps. 

Journey planning websites

  •  Cycle Streets can be useful when planning your route, allowing you to input your exact start and finish point, giving you the option to select the fastest route or a slower, but less busy one. It also provides you with journey time, distance, calories burned and even the route’s elevation profile. 
  •  Open Cycle Network 
  •  National Cycle Network is a series of traffic-free paths and quiet roads that connect to every major town and city. Take a look at Sustrans’ online National Cycle Network map to see how you can make the most of the network across South Yorkshire. You can also purchase hard copies of regional route maps on the Sustrans website

The Trans Pennine Trail is a national multi-user route running 370 miles between Southport and Hornsea and we’re lucky enough to be a part of it here in South Yorkshire. Take a look at the online map to see how you can make the most of the route in Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster.

Journey planning apps

  • Komoot is a popular mapping app for cycling, allowing you to plan routes. The app can help you find the perfect route for you and can be filtered by distance, difficulty and even proximity to public transport links. 
  • MapMyRide is another alternative to mapping your upcoming trip.
  • Strava is very popular amongst cyclists cycling for leisure and sport however, can be also be useful for commuters. Strava heat maps take logged user trips to show the most popular cycling routes, which can be useful when planning your commute. You can also track your progress which is great way of seeing how much time you’ve saved compared to old commuting habits.

Infrastructure changes in your local area

In May 2020, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps announced the Government investment of £2 billion in active travel schemes across the country. 

The announcement on this funding now enables the region to create trial infrastructure to secure safe cycling routes. For more information on the funding visit the SCR website


Planned changes for Sheffield include the introduction of fully segregated cycle paths, temporary cycle lanes and temporary road closures for cars. For the latest information on the development of trial infrastructure in Sheffield city centre visit the Sheffield Council website. 

Cycling maps and routes