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Campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale

20 May 2015 - 8:52pm
Hi,

Can anyone recommend a campsite near Sedburgh or Kirby Lonsdale. Just need a 1 night stay, pub nearby would be essential,

Cheers, Si

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

20 May 2015 - 7:28pm
al_yrpal wrote:Voies Vertes are all marked on the Michelin Local 1-200000 maps which to me are the best maps to navigate with in France. Personally I found the Voies Vertes often surrounded by trees rather boring as is the canal after a bit. The best bits of Brittany are mostly in small villages.Al
+ 1 for the above. I'm fast coming to the conclusion that their best use is as part of a mixNmatch approach to touring in Brittany, forming a minor variation on a theme rather than the bulk of your itinerary.

Cardiff to Chester - route advice

20 May 2015 - 7:25pm
My tandem stoker wants a challenge to raise funds for Guide Dogs (she's waiting to get one). As she lives in Chester, I suggested Cardiff to Chester and have devised a route - approx 167 miles which we intend to do in 2 days in the Summer.

You should be able to see it on Cycle.Travel here.

We are familiar with the parts up near Chester and I've "pinched" part of the route from my LEJOG GPS track, that I did in 2009 with Bike Adventures (& thank you to the guys there who have kindly confirmed that they are still using the same route and made some suggestions for an overnight stop). I did suggest just keeping going but Clare thought that a challenge too far!

The exact start & finish locations within Cardiff and Chester aren't set in stone but I don't expect they will move too far.

The bit I don't know is the first 45 miles out of Cardiff as far as Skenfrith, NW of Monmouth where we join my LEJOG route, and would value any comments.

I've looked at as much of it as I can on Google StreetView and varied the suggested route where I thought an alternative might be better. We don't mind using cycle paths/ shared paths a bit if they have a reasonable surface and avoid busy stretches or reduce the hills (there's a stretch around mile 3 contra-flow on a shared path alongside the A4161, a stretch at St Mellons & a fair bit getting through Newport), we don't mind using somewhat busier stretches of road (the road between Caerleon & Usk looks quite busy on Streetview, even though it isn't a classified road, but it seems to be flatter &/or shorter than alternatives). I did consider going across the Transporter Bridge, partly just because it was there, & going up the other side of the River Usk to Usk mainly on the minor roads that do a dance with the A449.

As I say, any pearls of wisdom form those that know the roads, particularly in the first part, would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Rick.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

20 May 2015 - 6:46pm
I was getting off the train at Blackburn on the Sunday afternoon, coming back from Hebden Bridge where I'd been to see the Tour de Yorkshire go through, and there was a couple getting on the train with a loaded tandem there. I wondered if they had been to this.

Rick.

Re: My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

20 May 2015 - 6:42pm
The officials won't bother you with checking for standards as long as you're actually wearing a cycle helmet.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 6:36pm
mjr wrote:hamster wrote:From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.
Much as I love our area, I wouldn't recommend combining Wisbech and Ely to try to encourage a new rider. The Welney-Pymoor section is a mix of sometimes-busy roads and bad surfaces at the moment, whereas avoiding them turns a 26 mile ride into a 37 - the centre of March can be lovely, though.
What about NCN 11 and 51? Certainly the bit from Ely to Wicken is nice. And I haven't done the whole route to Cambridge, but there are some lovely lanes in that area.

My first Sportive ... helmet standards.

20 May 2015 - 6:08pm
I have my first sportive on the 31st May, the Arrow ....Helmet standards are SNELL ( to which SNELL standard ? there's hundreds ) or ANSI Z90/4 ... As previously posted on the CTC forum the American Snell standard is not applicable in the UK and the ANSI standard has been superseded. ... What do others use if they ride Sportive's ? Mines EN 1078...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 5:52pm
I would try France - warm weather really helps - although you will have to travel south. Quiet roads, cheap accom and good food/wine - travel on bikes, rather than a big tour. My wife and I did Bordeaux/Barcelona - as our first trip, and it was wonderful. There are plenty of flatter options, that might be a better start.
But for me nothing beats the feeling of achievement of getting across some big mountains...

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 5:45pm
Norfolk is a network of traffic-free rural lanes with generally gentle gradients and loads to see. It's one of my regular recommendations on here so IMO there's no need for you to look further afield.

You know your partner better than we do but if he is OK about your being away for three months cycle touring, he may not be easy to convert to cycling. Not all grass widows are keen to take up golf.

Re: Salzburg bike hire

20 May 2015 - 5:42pm
Thanks for suggestions. MJR, I had already come to dead ends on the 'official' site. But, Elizabeth, searching for 'fahrradverleih' instead of 'cycle rental' certainly gives more hits! I have now contacted a couple by email so we'll see what happens. If no luck I will take my own but was trying to avoid logistics of bikes on planes.

Re: Brittany - Voies Vertes

20 May 2015 - 5:33pm
Voies Vertes are all marked on the Michelin Local 1-200000 maps which to me are the best maps to navigate with in France. Personally I found the Voies Vertes often surrounded by trees rather boring as is the canal after a bit. The best bits of Brittany are mostly in small villages.

Al

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 5:03pm
When I was trying to win over my wife to touring, I started with short rides at her pace and I involved her in all of the planning, including where to stay. Our first tour was a local one, through Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire for 3 days, between 30 and 40 miles per day and staying in B&B's. We both loved seeing our local area from a different viewpoint. I would suggest going touring in your own area. Norfolk and Suffolk are beautiful counties, have plenty of variety and some fabulous quiet lanes, off-road traffic free parts and the sea! Also, no significant hills and a very nice selection of cafes

Re: Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015 - Lancashire

20 May 2015 - 5:01pm
Would confirm the earlier comments,great weekend!
Lots of interest & good to meet so many others with simliar ideas & enthusiasm.
Would certainly stand a repeat sometime.

Re: Islabikes Bienn 29 - tourer for a titch?

20 May 2015 - 4:46pm
Slowroad sorry for the delay. I am 5ft4" and it is just too small for me. The bars and brakes are smaller for the size of bike.

I you want I will pm my mobile number.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 3:54pm
hamster wrote:From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.
Much as I love our area, I wouldn't recommend combining Wisbech and Ely to try to encourage a new rider. The Welney-Pymoor section is a mix of sometimes-busy roads and bad surfaces at the moment, whereas avoiding them turns a 26 mile ride into a 37 - the centre of March can be lovely, though.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 3:15pm
From Norfolk I would do a loop of combinations of Kings Lynn, Wisbech, Ely, Cambridge.
Don;t cycle camp for a first tour, enjoy the cycling and a comfortable B&B if possible.

Algarve cycle hire

20 May 2015 - 2:57pm
Would anyone recommend a particular cycle hire company for a stay in the Algarve near Vilamoura? I expect we'll use the urban bikes for short trips if we can but a couple of day trips might be fun. Pretty open about bike type/shape as long as it's practical. Thanks.

Re: Short cycle tour to get my reluctant partner into cyclin

20 May 2015 - 2:14pm
I can recommend the Devon Coast to Coast much of it traffic free the rest quiet lanes.
We did it starting in Barnstaple which made it about 80 miles so 3-4 days at 20-30miles/day.
You can get the train to Barnstaple then stay overnight (we got a deal at the Royal and Fortesque) and then return from Plymouth.
There is a back-packers hostel (can't remember name) after about 20- 30 miles right on the route and a YHA in Okehampton.
Plenty to see in terms of differing country side. Starts with Estuary, then wooded valleys, skirts past Dartmoor over some viaducts finally through a country park and a quiet industrial docks part of Plymouth and onto the Hoe. Also plenty of pubs along the way.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rout ... t-to-coast

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