Kev’s Top Tip
Don’t make all of the .GPX tracks visible on your Garmin at the same time. Pick the one or two relevant to your current location and only make these visible.
With lots of tracks, my Garmin (Oregon) took so long to check the files and load them on power-up (several minutes) that I thought it was broken.
I have spent many hours seeking .GPX files from websites to find the ones that were best for me on my Garmin Oregon GPS. Unfortunately, now I am not sure where all of these GPX files came from!
I renamed most to be better for my trip, which also means I can’t work out where I got them.
A couple of sites I definitely used are
Some stages required me to make my own GPX files. The resource used was
Bikehike is primarily of use for the UK as it allows routes/tracks to be created on UK Ordnance Survey (OS) maps. But it does also allow you to create them on Google maps for other countries. It also has the useful feature of providing a simple way to convert Google KML format to and from GPX – you load the route/track in and then simply save it out in the other format.
The final GPX files I used are below. My route generally follows the GR5, but deviates in the following areas
- I use my own route via Vlaardingen to avoid using the ferry on day 1.
- I use a route via the Balcon du Leman, around Lake Geneva to avoid using the ferry from Nyon to Thonon-les-Bains/St Gingolph.
- I have chosen to follow the GR52 from St Dalmas to finish at Menton, rather than follow the GR5 to finish at Nice.
All of my route plus the GR5 route are:
COMPLETE SET OF GPX (zip file)