How to Mark a Route on Google Maps and Save Personalized Maps
Mark a route and save your own Google Maps?
I needed to know how to mark a route on Google Maps, save it, share it and incorporate it into my articles.
In my case, I've long felt the need to be able to draw the routes we take onto a map base because I write about Les Trois Chenes our Bed and Breakfast and self catering cottage (Gîte in French) in Limousin, France. It's great hiking and rambling country and as I've started to take photographs and to write about the walks and the Limousin region in general.
Google is excellent for this and provides all the tools you need - if you know where to find them! This is designed to save you the time it took me to discover Google map tools and how to use them.
These are simple step-by-step descriptions of how to mark a route, boundary or make other marks using pictures and as few words as possible. I hope you find it useful, and if you know more than me, please add to this information through the comments.
This is what my area looks like when a 'live' Google Map is set to 'satelite'
This is where I live - deep in the heart of rural France.
Find your area and go into 'My Maps'
First find you area by typing the town, country, region into the search box. I've entered Videix France and chosen the satellite option top right of your map.
The next step is to choose My Maps, (circled in red), and enter your log-in details or open an account.
Click on Create New Map
Title, zoom in and place markers on the map
- On the left hand side of the page, complete title and description of your map
- Zoom in or out using the tool on the left of the map area
- Use the three symbols at the top left corner of the map to drag the image, to place markers and to draw your routes
Red circles show zoom and marker placement on Google Maps
The marker symbol
I'm going to place markers on my house and on the church. Click on the marker symbol and drag it into position. You can move it later if you get it wrong!
You can then add a title and description. If you choose Rich text you can then format the text and add pictures
You can also add links to Hubs or web sites
You can also add links within the text of your place markers
Add a route
You have three options when you click on the pull down arrow next to the line drawing symbol
- Draw a line - this draws a line anywhere you like
- Draw a line along routes - this snaps onto the roads
- Draw a shape - this creates an area that is blocked in with a colour
Add a shape
Once you have added your shape, you can edit the form, change the colour and size of the outline, and adjust the colour and opacity of the fill. As with the place markers, you can add a title and description to your shape.
You can link it to your article
Click on the Link button at the top right hand corner of your map to pick up an URL or HTML so that you can link it or embed it into your articles and sites. Please do let me know if we can embed them into our Hubs.
And here is one I did earlier
This is my Chestnut Dryer Walk Around Vayres and I've used some of the things that I've outlined above.
This is an ideal way of sharing information about the region with our guests so that they can plan a bit before they come on holiday.
There are lots more things that you can do, but I have tried to cover the basics so that you can get that map out quickly. Please feel free to have a look at it and my Walk 1 Videix A Snowy Walk Around the Village of Videix, I would welcome any comments, positive criticism and ideas.
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Questions & Answers
Can a person find out what year google took the picture of your house, and get a picture of it sent to you?
I found my house on Google Maps, brought up the picture from the road and the date appears in a box in the top left corner. If you click on the dots on the top right of this box, it gives you the option to print the image.
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