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Downloading a GPX file to a Garmin Touring Edge from a Macbook

11 Aug 2014
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How to I transfer a route from Cycle.Travel to my Garmin Touring Edge Plus from a Macbook. I have downloaded the route from Cycle.Travel to the Macbook but cannot find a way to get it to the Garmin.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Tue 12 Aug 2014, 22:52

I second this request, I'm baffled at how to load a route onto an Etrex 20 from a Macbook Pro. I understand that Safari is the problem for easy transfer, how is this overcome (in simple terms please)?


Wed 13 Aug 2014, 17:35

I'll try and put together a guide in the next few days. I use an eTrex rather than an Edge but I'm guessing the procedure is similar!

Thu 14 Aug 2014, 17:32

I've found a workaround by downloading and using Google Chrome instead of Safari as the browser on the Macbook.

Richard- The route planner is a pleasure to use, thanks a lot.

Mon 25 Aug 2014, 11:34

Solution Found! thanks to Chris

Download GPX file from Cycle.Travel.  It appears in Safari in Text- Save as .....gpx in Page Source. It will now appear in downloads.

Open Downloads

Connect Garmin to computer , Open Garmin and New Files. Drag file from Downloads to New Files.  Eject Garmin. Reconnect Garmin and the route will be transferred to Courses  as .fit file.

Thu 4 Sep 2014, 20:41

Actually the folder on the Garmin is called "NewFiles" and my experience is that you can only drop one at a time - irrespective of giving each a different file name. So you find that if you drag in 5 files you only get one course.

Tue 9 Sep 2014, 20:52

Yes this is true, sorry I forgot to mention it

Mon 16 Feb 2015, 14:08

Richard (or anyone else who can help)

I am a bit baffled as to how I can take a route generated on and plug it into my Garmin Trek. Can I download it directly to the device from or do I have to put it on my laptop first and then do it again on to my Garmin? 

Many thanks for your patience


Mon 16 Feb 2015, 14:19

Re the immediately above question. I have seen the notes regarding Macs. My question refers to  the possibility of downloading routes (say the C2C ) directly to my Garmin Tour from

Thanks again,


Tue 17 Feb 2015, 22:32

I see that I have made a dumb mistake regarding my question at 14.08, yesterday. I said I would appreciate some help as to how to download a route onto my Garmin Trex. I should have said my Gamin Edge Touring device, not Trex. Is there an intermediate step between plotting my route on and my Garmin, or can I go directly from to my Garmin? I'm trying to keep things simple!


Thu 19 Feb 2015, 09:22

Forgive me for coming back to the most basic of questions. How do I load a route from onto my Garmin Edge Touring? I have seen the instructions posted by readers for Macs, but I am using Windows. Perhaps I am struggling because I am of a generation who learns by following  specific instructions, and not of the more intuitive sort. If I either create a route, or use on that has been generated by cycle.tour, do I simply plug the Garmin to the computer and click on 'download'? Will it then be available in the Garmin Touring? As always, I'm most grateful.


Thu 19 Feb 2015, 12:17

First of all, you need to download a GPX file from to your computer. For a route you’ve planned yourself, use the GPS button in the route-planner; for a route guide like the C2C, the GPX link is on the left of the introduction page.

Connect the Garmin to your computer. Then go to ‘My Computer’ on Windows and you will hopefully see it appear there as ‘Garmin’.

Open this; then open the folder in it called Garmin; then open the folder in it called NewFiles.

Then drag the GPX file you downloaded from into that folder.

Once it’s copied across, eject the Garmin from the computer. Now, you should be able to find the route in ‘Courses’ on your Garmin.

Let me know if that works – I don’t have a Windows computer to test on but think that should be right!

Wed 22 Apr 2015, 15:01

I'm having no luck with my garmin touring and the routes on a mac. I've done the above and copied to 'new files' but nothing showing in saved courses when I look.

I'm getting very frustrated. Can't help feeling paper maps are easier! 

Tue 29 Mar 2016, 17:10

Bit late to the party, but there's a great tutorial on how to do this here:

hope that helps


Mon 22 May 2017, 23:10

This solution doesn't work on my mac because when I connect my edge touring via the USB cable the device goes into charging mode and doesn't not appear of the desktop.I believe Garmin themselves have made it this way to force people to always buy their maps but the procedure that others describe above certainly does work with my Satmap active 10.