If I wanted to pre-plan a route to find out mileage/ elevation etc. and then to subsequently transfer to a Garmin - what's the best software to do that? Garmin Connect or other?
The best software for route mapping?
Lots of free online resources - bikehike, wheresthepath, walkhighlands etc etc. All give access to OS mapping, route drawing & editing and give elevation/distance etc.
I use (bought) Anquet mapping - who always seem to have some 'special' deal on.
+1 for bikehike http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php
Let's you output to multiple different file formats including Garmin
Just remember to toggle the 'Follow Road (google map)' when you're plotting anything off road.
I have all my routes saved in a dropbox folder which i share with my mates so they can open them in google earth or bikehike
About to route one for tomorrow.
I just use the Garmin route creator. At Garmin Connect, click the 'Plan' tab, select 'Course', create a route, save it, then send to device. Very easy and no silly bugs.
MapMyRide is popular too but the Garmin was tons easier for me.
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