Recommended Abbreviations

Recommended Abbreviations

The following is a list of the abbreviations commonly used in cycle route instructions. But route authors are by nature inventive and often have their own ways of describing where to go. So be aware that you may encounter alternative presentations and abbreviations, the meaning of which, we hope, will be reasonably obvious!

As a general rule, the names of places passed through on a route are written in CAPITALS, to distinguish them from places the route merely heads toward for a while. (But not all route authors do that.)

If you are contributing a new route, please read the other Help pages and try wherever possible to use the recommended format and abbreviations. Additional notes for authors are given below in [square brackets] with examples in italics.

Junctions

T
Give-way tee-junction, approached up the stalk of the T.
[The above abbreviation must NOT be used for a side turning, approached along the bar of the tee where you turn off onto the stalk. This common manoeuvre has no abbreviation and should either be described in full, e.g. turn off L, or simply: L.]
Y
Fork or T without any give-way lines.
X or Xrds
Crossroads.
O or Rbt
Roundabout (large or mini).
TL or Lts
Traffic light controlled junction (not just a pedestrian crossing).
[Please do NOT use TL for turn left, which also rules out TR.]

Directions

L
Left.
R
Right.
SO
Straight on.
Ex
Exit from Rbt, with number, e.g. 2nd Ex. [Please do NOT use L, R or SO with Rbts.]
N,S,E,W
Compass direction, e.g. NW.
opp
Opposite.
imm
Immediately.
thru
Through.
twd or dir
Towards or in the direction of somewhere that is not necessarily signposted. Useful for plotting a route on a map.

Facilities

Rd
Road.
St
Street
Tk
Track.
Cp
Cyclepath.
Bw
Bridleway.
Fp
Footpath.
Br
Bridge.
Fbr
Footbridge.
LC
Level crossing (of Rly).

Landmarks

Sp
Signpost.
Mway
Motorway
Rly
Railway
Sta
Station
Ch
Church.
Cath
Cathedral
Cas
Castle.
PH
Public house.
TH
Town hall.
Fm
Farm.