How to Mark a Route on Google Maps and Save Personalized Maps

Updated on April 29, 2016
This is one of my Walks around Videix maps
This is one of my Walks around Videix maps | Source

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'

Videix, France

get directions

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.

Choose your area
Choose your area | Source

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
You gan go back and move your line around. You can see how mine has missed the road a bit. You can use the snap option mentioned above, but this doesn't work for the non-road parts of my walks. You can always zoom in and place your route line more neatly onto the road after you have made a rough draft.


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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      L. Thorne 

      2 years ago

      There is no drop down menu for the draw lines

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      2 years ago

      Appreciate the effort but I don't get how to get to the first step "My Maps". This doesn't appear on the screen the way your instructions indicate. So I didn't get

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      3 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      So pleased you found it useful, CarloR. Thanks for leaving a comment

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      3 years ago

      Thank you so much, unfolding new potentialities for my website!

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      I'm so pleased to have your feedback skperdon. I did all the slog of working out how to do this, but knew that I'd forget. I've used this article myself to put boundaries or paths on plans (we live in very out of the way places) and it is so nice to have to work it all out again. I do, however, worry that Google will change Maps and the instructions will no longer work. Many thanks for taking the time to leave a message.

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      5 years ago from Canada

      I followed your detailed instructions and did a trial. It was fun!

      I use Google maps a lot to get around on a daily basis and now you have given me another use for it.

      Thank you Les Trois Chenes.

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Hi tkp, thanks for taking the time to leave this message. I'm so pleased that you found it helpful. It's so nice to have feedback.

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      5 years ago

      this was really useful, thanks for the detailed step by step

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Muzamil kuchay , many thanks for dropping by. Pleased you liked it.

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      Muzamil kuchay 

      8 years ago

      likes this

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      ubanichijioke Do let me know how you get on. I hope it's useful.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      8 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks for bringing this information to light. Google map is a useful tool for tracking, location and other uses. I will implement your advice to see how it benefits me. Be blessed

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      8 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Thanks so much Sidd for your very kind word!

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      Les Trois Chenes 

      9 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      I wanted to mark the routes of footpaths specifically, not even all roads and its great for that. Would also be useful for marking areas and boundaries, ie of Property, National Parks, zones etc etc Looking forward to being able to do this on the Hub Map Capsule.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I guess the map capsule on the hubs works pretty well for me but I don't do much more than Identify the location of the thing I am writing about.


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