How does the routing work via the trail network?

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In the tour planner you can choose between “trail network” and “free entry”. In the mode “trail network” the course of a route is automatically determined on streets and trails on the map. In the mode “free entry” all points are connected to one line, which are placed on the map by clicking. In this way, you can draw any course of a route, e.g. if a path or a trail on the map is unknown.    

By left-clicking on the map you can place waypoints and our system connects those then according the chosen activity. Thereby, road bike tours for example will be routed only on routes suitable for racing bikes. Just below the routing options the individual waypoints are shown in a list. You can place waypoints here too by entering an address or coordinates. Furthermore, you have the option to delete points (by using the “X” on the right) or change the order (via the fluted surface on the left).       

The waypoints and the course of the route are movable via drag and drop (click, hold and drag).

A special feature of the Outdooractive routing is that it consists of high quality data for the regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This is the official date from the land surveying offices complemented by touristic information.   

The Outdooractive routing is relying on the worldwide data of the “OpenStreetMap” project. Depending on the activity selected, the tour planner calculates the best possible route between two entered points on the roads and paths of the map. This is similar to the route that a navigation device calculates in the car.

But there is also the case that you want to record a familiar tour with the tour planner. Then it is often better to click several destinations on this route at frequent intervals. However, you can also calculate the tour between start and end point, and then add points to get exactly the desired course of tour. Switching to "shortest route" can in many cases also simplify the drawing of known tours.

If parts of your tour through the streets and paths of the map are not covered, you can create these sections in free entry mode. This can happen especially in areas where we rely on the OSM data. Data that is not maintained here cannot be used for routing.

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