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Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

9 March 2015 - 12:09am
Apologies for dodgy spellings and punctuation etc, not the greatest typist and iPad makes it worse!!

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

9 March 2015 - 12:07am
A plan is now forming:

Maybe Enniskillen up through Omagh ,Strabane, Londonderry , then North coast to Bally castle,

Or Dungannon,Cookstown then west across to Strabane to pick up same route as above.

Third option is same Dungannon, Cookstown route but cutting across the spearing mountains north.

Any or all advice appreciated.

Would accommodation be a factor on any of the routes, B+b or pubs is preferred option.

Re: On the Go Video editing - Android

8 March 2015 - 11:39pm
Thanks, - Sounds like my options may be limited.. I'd be using the phone for everything, shooting the video, the edits and the uploads so hoping for something fairly simple, just to trim/splice and maybe overlay a soundtrack.
Phone is one of the the latest and greatest.. Nexus 6 with Android 5 Lollipop. I've just moved from Apple (which I never did video on either) and am surprised there doesn't seem to be more around, or included in the default apps..

Re: Garden of England

8 March 2015 - 11:10pm
Viking Coastal Trail could be suitable for part of your trip. viewtopic.php?f=7&t=79830

Re: NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

8 March 2015 - 11:03pm
I'm not familiar with that section of the TPT. It is a slightly curious beast though - it was created and is still managed as a separate project by a consortium of local authorities - and my experience of other sections is that the surface quality is, on average, worse than elsewhere on the NCN.

You probably know this, but if you click a section of planned route on cycle.travel, you can see pictures taken by the lovely users of geograph.org.uk - often helpful in recce-ing surfaces and path width.

Re: NCN Routes 62 and 67 on a tandem?

8 March 2015 - 10:18pm
Whilst it doesn't directly answer your question NCN62/67 is part of the Trans Pennine Trail and there is detailed google mapping of east and central sections. Access controls (barriers to you and me) are marked on the maps by location but not by type.

It is possible to post questions on Sustrans Mapping (scroll down on links) for NCN62 and NCN67 although there's no guarantee of a response.

Re: Sharing Garmin Maps between devices or using OSM

8 March 2015 - 7:57pm
revell217 wrote:There are a number of sites that offer free OS maps. I have a Garmin 810 edge and loaded maps from the following site, fully navigable.
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/05/down ... 00810.html

Step by step instructions are also on the site.
Just a note, in case anyone gets confused, that you are using OS here to mean Openstreet maps, which is usually abbreviated to OSM to distinguish them from the usual abbreviation of OS meaning UK Ordnance Survey mapping.


Re: Flying with German Wings

8 March 2015 - 7:19pm
jamesxyz wrote:Does this require thenbike to still be boxed \ bagged it can you just ride up and get on?

You should be able to get on with a built bike, but in a box no issue at all - other than the physical element!

Re: cycles on trains in Republic of Ireland

8 March 2015 - 5:35pm
I took a train with my bike on my Ireland tour and while it wasn't the Dublin-to-Galway, it was a train from the South heading to Galway. There was no bike storage on the train, so I took it to the last carriage and held it/propped it up in the back and sat next to it. It was a pretty empty carriage and no one was bothered by it, so I am sure something similar would be fine in your case.

For my Ireland trip, I spent a lot of time on this Irish Cycling Forum where I am sure the locals can better answer the question!

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

8 March 2015 - 5:30pm
I'm doing it in 5 days - starting in Bangor (6 if you include my circle out onto Anglesey) . 35 - 55 miles per day, though I am doing the B&B thing so my route (and mileage) reflects that and the hills that will be encountered.

But I will be stopping to smell the roses along the way - lots of pictures and all - what with all the castles and views along the way.

Garden of England

8 March 2015 - 5:00pm
Please can anyone recommend a four day tour of Sussex and Kent, we live in Dorset and so often taken the easy option for us of the ferry to Cherbourg and the foreign lands beyond so thought we'd see a bit more of our own country for a change.

Re: North Antrim Coast Road any Advice

8 March 2015 - 4:51pm
It'll be busy in August. As already suggested, try going through the Sperrins. Still roads, but much quieter and absolutely stunning.
What type of accommodation are you after?
I know lots of good rural places (local knowledge).

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

8 March 2015 - 3:56pm
I'd give it 5 days, if you're going too fast you can always stop and enjoy the sights.
Nice camping at Dol-Llys Farm, Llanidloes. It's only a 10 minute cycle into town, good pubs etc. The site has a kitchenette with microwave and kettle, saves brewing up in your tent.
Pencelli Castle near Brecon: well-run site, a bit expensive. Village setting on the Brecon canal with nice pubs.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 3:39pm
From memory, going from Bordeaux to Roscoff there are only two places where map reading was a bit difficult. At the île de Noirmoutier the official route uses a tidal road which is only open a few hours each day. If this is impassable, as it was for us, there is no obvious alternative unless you want to cycle on busy roads. The other was the slightly tricky point at which you leave the canal at Carhaix Plouguer, which was not well signposted and only the GPS told us we had missed the turn off. However, you can't really get lost, it is France after all and there is always a road you can use.

The only advantage of a guidebook I can see would be if it gave you some historical information about what you are seeing on the route. If you look at the website you can see enough of the route to mark it on a map and then use that. A GPS is handy, but not essential.

Re: Zeebrugge to 'south of Brussels'

8 March 2015 - 3:14pm
Thanks dudes!

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

8 March 2015 - 3:05pm
I got to Holyhead about lunchtime and just made it to Porthmadog in time for B&B at 7pm. Day 2 to Machynlleth. Big hill to Rhayader and Builth Wells (unpleasant for not obvious reason) on Day 3. Final day all the way to Cardiff Bay.
It is hilly after Anglesey but what goes up must come down (fun). Watch out for old road South of Llanidloes that turns into a boggy bridleway (unless it's fixed now?). Path over Beacons isn't as grim as it looks (tramway gradient) and then it's all down the valley on a railway path. Don't get lost in Merthyr. Brilliant ride in a beautiful country. When you've done go back and repeat on a mountain bike - epic.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 10:57am
I've looked for an English translation of the Cartovelo book - I don't think it has been. I'm going to manage without.
I do have a gps though...
if you don't, or don't want to, you can still do a lot of preparation on your computer. You can indeed download .gpx files from the Velodyssee site after registering. These however are short sections, about 19 in all. There are also .gpx files for bigger segments available without registration. I have yet to find out if there are detail differences between the two sets. If you don't have a gps the bigger ones might be more convenient for you.
Download the bits you need. This site: http://gpx2kml.com/ will convert them into a form that can be used by Google Earth, and then you can see where you are going, make notes about any vague bits, use Streetview to check for one way systems etc. etc
Nearl as good as having already been there...

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 9:09am
For the top section there is also a voies vertes book in French and also, in English, a guide to the nantes brest canal. Try stanfords for more sections. They do the Velodysee book too although I couldn't see it in their online directory but a smooch round their Covent garden shop usually turns up all sorts of cycling goodies maps and books wise.

They also have a shop in bristol, I don't know if there are any others.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 8:58am
We did it without a book and an account can be found here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/France2013 and the official website for the route is: http://www.velodyssey.com/ which you need to register on in order to download the GPX tracks. But be careful of these as they are written for going north to south so in some cities you may find one way systems prevent you following the track. Biarritz was the worst offender but this won't trouble you.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

8 March 2015 - 8:50am
We've ridden parts of the route and found the sign posting very good so it's quite possible to do the route without a guide book.


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