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Re: Land's End to Stonehenge

2 August 2015 - 11:31am
The road in to Stonehenge is a busy dual carriageway. Not a great end to a cycle trip.

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

2 August 2015 - 10:42am
pete75 wrote:If you don't want to pay a fortune what about South Witham Travelodge on the A1. https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/129 ... tham-hotel It's under 10 miles from the Whitwell car park. Every travelodge I've stayed in let you keep bikes in your room. Less than a mile from South WItham village which has a couple of pubs for evening meals. One of them, the Blue Cow, brews it's own beer on site. If you'd like something a bit better than basic pub food the Jackson Stops "gastro pub" at Stretton about 2 miles away is well thought of by the pretentious though personally I'd recommend the Tollemache Arms at Buckminster 6 miles away - high quality food, decent beer, good service , pleasant surroundings and no fancy prices....http://www.tollemache-arms.co.uk/

For breakfast in the morning the diner at Colsterworth(take the A151 towards Bourne from the A1 it's about 1/4 mile on the left just after the little roundabout) serves the locally famous Beltbuster breakfast for about a fiver.

If you fancied spending a couple of days in the area this wouldn't be a bad day ride. On the route is Woolsthorpe Manor the home of SIr Isaac Newton which is worth a visit as is the much more grandiose Belvoir Castle. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9576126

Trust me, despite being a heavier bloke, gastro ain't my thing either. Give me good honest pub grub any day. Coming up with some ideas now of places to go. I don't think we'll ever get to the proper touring on bikes (time, fitness and lack of experience being the main factors) but going off to different parts of the UK with the bikes on the car, parking up and getting out for the whole day might be a good alternative. If I can convince 'er indoors to go along with the idea, I'm liking the idea of pitching up in a tent at a lot of these places. Limits the opportunities to maybe June-September weatherise, but I'm finding myself weirdly drawn to the idea.

Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

2 August 2015 - 9:46am
Thanks for the input :>)

Re: Land's End to Stonehenge

1 August 2015 - 9:56pm
If you have enough time, a few suggestions to improve bits of MickF's route: (these are all slower but much nicer IMHO )
a) from Land's end take the B 3306 coast road as far as 2 miles after Zennor, then Towednack and down to Lelant / Hayle/
a) between Hayle and Blackwater take the coast road B3301 the Mawla - Skinner's Bottom - Blackwater
b) rather than A39 Wadebridge / Camelford, from St Columb go down towards the Camel Trail near Bodmin then follow NCN 3 as far as Hallworthy, then Egloskerry/Launceston. (Camel trail is mostly fine grit, OK for 28mm tyres. If that's no good take the B3266 between Bodmin and Camelford).

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

1 August 2015 - 6:42pm
Therealsouthstander wrote:robing wrote:Therealsouthstander wrote:In my opinion The Outer Hebrides off Scotland's West coast is among the best cycling you'll find anywhere...

Get the Ferry from Oban to the Isle of Barra , cycle around the island then get another ferry to Eriskay,then cycle South Uist,Benbecula,North Uist then the magical Bernaray.. Ferry from Bernaray to the best bit ,the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.. Then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.. All ferries will cost about £30 in total and these islands are a cyclists dream,really quiet roads with a great surface - Did you mention nature ? You'll be in heaven


Do not miss The Outer Hebrides..

I'm going to do this next month. But I will get the ferry from Harris to Uig, cycle across Skye, ferry to Mallaig, cycle across Ardnamurchan and then via Mull back to Oban.


Your route is perfect ,once You pass Harris and go into Lewis it's not as good,so heading over to Skye ,Mallaig !Ardanmurchan and Mull your going to constantly be in superb cycling areas..

Not sure if it fits in but there's a really good bunkhouse on Mull beside the ferry back to Oban...

Hopefully the weather is good for you. It's been really cold and wet this summer...

I'm praying for a bit of an Indian summer. I'm wondering how much time I'll need. I've got 2 weeks, might be able to stretch it to three.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

1 August 2015 - 4:22pm
Well done Matt. Shame the weather wasn't better in the early stages, but I hope you've got some good memories. You'll be glad to get home to Colorado where the gradients are a bit easier.

Graham

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

1 August 2015 - 12:36pm
There is always www.bike-express.co.uk although never managed to find a space for the dates I wanted to go.
Might have to book a year in advance.
The camino de santiago forum has a bike section if you haven't already tried that.
I think there are people in Santiago who box up bikes for shipping back and lots of advice on traveling to and from.

buen camino

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

1 August 2015 - 10:06am
LollyKat wrote:I'm sorry the sun didn't shine more for you but you have some wonderfully atmospheric photos. Hope you'll come back again one day.
I definitely will! Actually I thought the weather was quite good! I had some days without rain, which I didn't expect, it never rained for the whole day (though often it did rain for the whole night). Plus I hate cycling when it's hot, so the temperature (usually below 15 degrees) was perfect. I only used my jacket when it was raining (or not even then).

Jimstar79 wrote:Your tent near the beach in Durness really looks ideal - was it too cold for a quick swim?!
It was, because the moment I took the picture, the sun disappeared behind the clouds... So I actually never used my swimsuit I also never used a much heavier windstopper, but in Iceland I learned it's better to have too many warm clothes than too little

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

1 August 2015 - 10:02am
robing wrote:Therealsouthstander wrote:In my opinion The Outer Hebrides off Scotland's West coast is among the best cycling you'll find anywhere...

Get the Ferry from Oban to the Isle of Barra , cycle around the island then get another ferry to Eriskay,then cycle South Uist,Benbecula,North Uist then the magical Bernaray.. Ferry from Bernaray to the best bit ,the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.. Then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.. All ferries will cost about £30 in total and these islands are a cyclists dream,really quiet roads with a great surface - Did you mention nature ? You'll be in heaven


Do not miss The Outer Hebrides..

I'm going to do this next month. But I will get the ferry from Harris to Uig, cycle across Skye, ferry to Mallaig, cycle across Ardnamurchan and then via Mull back to Oban.


Your route is perfect ,once You pass Harris and go into Lewis it's not as good,so heading over to Skye ,Mallaig !Ardanmurchan and Mull your going to constantly be in superb cycling areas..

Not sure if it fits in but there's a really good bunkhouse on Mull beside the ferry back to Oban...

Hopefully the weather is good for you. It's been really cold and wet this summer...

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

1 August 2015 - 9:51am
If you don't want to pay a fortune what about South Witham Travelodge on the A1. https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/129 ... tham-hotel It's under 10 miles from the Whitwell car park. Every travelodge I've stayed in let you keep bikes in your room. Less than a mile from South WItham village which has a couple of pubs for evening meals. One of them, the Blue Cow, brews it's own beer on site. If you'd like something a bit better than basic pub food the Jackson Stops "gastro pub" at Stretton about 2 miles away is well thought of by the pretentious though personally I'd recommend the Tollemache Arms at Buckminster 6 miles away - high quality food, decent beer, good service , pleasant surroundings and no fancy prices....http://www.tollemache-arms.co.uk/

For breakfast in the morning the diner at Colsterworth(take the A151 towards Bourne from the A1 it's about 1/4 mile on the left just after the little roundabout) serves the locally famous Beltbuster breakfast for about a fiver.

If you fancied spending a couple of days in the area this wouldn't be a bad day ride. On the route is Woolsthorpe Manor the home of SIr Isaac Newton which is worth a visit as is the much more grandiose Belvoir Castle. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9576126

Re: Scotland in 2 weeks

1 August 2015 - 9:50am
Therealsouthstander wrote:In my opinion The Outer Hebrides off Scotland's West coast is among the best cycling you'll find anywhere...

Get the Ferry from Oban to the Isle of Barra , cycle around the island then get another ferry to Eriskay,then cycle South Uist,Benbecula,North Uist then the magical Bernaray.. Ferry from Bernaray to the best bit ,the Isle of Harris and Isle of Lewis.. Then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool.. All ferries will cost about £30 in total and these islands are a cyclists dream,really quiet roads with a great surface - Did you mention nature ? You'll be in heaven


Do not miss The Outer Hebrides..

I'm going to do this next month. But I will get the ferry from Harris to Uig, cycle across Skye, ferry to Mallaig, cycle across Ardnamurchan and then via Mull back to Oban.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

1 August 2015 - 8:00am
Looks like its a Cardiff Castle day today. Maybe go see a movie this evening too. St Fagans is only partially operating today (checked the website) so may save it for tomorrow. What else should I think about doing while in Cardiff? Specifically things open on a sunday.

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

1 August 2015 - 7:53am
I use tapatalk on my iphone and ipad to follow 5 forums and it works well - no issues at all

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

1 August 2015 - 7:48am
Heltor Chasca wrote:
Yup me too. BUT I thought there was only one cycling forum in the whole World! Do recommend OB...b

I also follow http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/ . Might have something to do with where I live.

OB

Re: Anyone Use Taptalk?

1 August 2015 - 6:25am
It was unusable when I first tried it but after numerous interface Fettles it's now okay for use from a 'phone.
I wouldn't bother on a bigger screen though, and I've turned all the notification off.

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 11:58pm
Mrs M_W and I have just returned from Normandy where we did day rides from our caravan. I would recommend the green cover IGN Top 100 at 1 : 100,000 scale. They show the quiet minor roads, Voie vertes and contour lines. Very useful. I bought 3 maps in Tabac shops at €7.75 euros each which at 1.43 euros per £ are good value

Re: Camino de Santiago/Way of St James

31 July 2015 - 11:52pm
we went on the ferry to santander then rode to leon and followed the camino, more or less. to get back we used the bus: dead easy to put bikes on, wrsap it in a plastic bag made of bin liners, take off front wheel, could not have been easier. camino is good, it's worth learning a bit of spanish, the michel thomas cd system is good.

Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 11:15pm
Yes, the Top 100 are my favourite too - I always used to think 'Top' meant they're The Best, but actually it's short for Topographical. I take the paper jobbie to augment the IGN 1:100K mapping I have on the Satmap. The combo works well 'cos I'm looking at the same map style on both versions. I've nearly always identified campsites and other points of interest ahead of time and marked them as such on the Satmap. Having this combination is a luxury, I know, but of course anyone can join the club for a few Euros - although to protect the paper version, I would recommend one of the cheapNcheerful water-proof PVC multi-purpose pouches you can get for next to nothing off of eBay. They come in sets of 3 and I've found them all v. useful in sometimes-rainy Brittany!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-X-Waterproo ... 2c9af95be9

Re: Mark Beaumont

31 July 2015 - 10:40pm
mrjemm wrote:It's the dentists you really need to watch out for...



Re: Which maps for Britanny?

31 July 2015 - 10:29pm
tatanab wrote:simonineaston wrote:Michelin maps show the campsites they recommendOnly the sites that wre in their guide the year the map was published. So probably about 5% of the available sites.
Michelin stopped showing campsites several years ago (maybe 8 or 10?).

I gave up on Michelin and swapped to IGN Top 100, when they gave up on uniform sheet coverage and switched to departmental maps at random scales

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