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Best deal for Pay-as you-go roaming?

22 January 2015 - 11:58pm
3p a minute/2p a text/1p a megabyte from Three, if I’m in France or Italy or Austria or a few other countries, looks hard to beat. But it’s still around 20p/minute & 20p/megabyte in Netherlands or Germany, where I might be heading in the spring. That seems to be about the going rate – any better deals around?

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

22 January 2015 - 11:09pm
All down to disposable income really, was only trying to help. John

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 January 2015 - 11:08pm
It's more than 20 yards nearer a hundred.
As to why it has taken so long, well our local Gwynedd Council Highways Department had some hand in it all, so that explains a lot.
They are professional incompetents - I exaggerate not.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 January 2015 - 10:45pm
I think I saw a picture of said bridge on a newsite. It looks like its only about 20 yds long...all the more perplexing as to why its taking so long etc.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 January 2015 - 10:41pm
mcallaghan wrote:Not that a pound and a half is much to pay for a train ticket, but it seems rather silly to have to ride a train for 1 minute to cross a bridge to the other side! I could probably wade the river faster!

It depends on a couple of factors like how much it has rained and whether the tide is in or out.
I really hope the bridge has re-opened by then. It will be over a year behind schedule.

Re: Tour de Isle of Wight - 1-4 May 2015

22 January 2015 - 10:32pm
Your visit will coincide with the IOW Randonnee on 3rd May
http://www.cycleisland.co.uk/

This is a brilliant free event that attracts almost 2000 cyclists. As a member of the organising club I may be slightly biased but I'd definitely put it on your 'to do' list.

Re: Cycling out of Marseille Airport

22 January 2015 - 10:27pm
iandennis wrote:Did this last year using Garmin City Navigator. The roads around the immediate airport are pretty nasty and busy. However an apron road skirts south then west around the airport before heading north to the sea and the Etang De Berre. Here you can cycle the barage between it and the Etang de Bolmen. Then go under the motorway and head west into Martigues hugging the coast using the minor roads. We then took minor roads NW through St Remy to Avignon. In all we took 5 hrs. It's not a bad ride. The access roads at the airport have pavements you can use to wheel your bike. As soon as you get out onto the airport apron road things get better. If you get onto one of the dual carriageways in error get off immediately.


Has anyone cycled out of Marseille Airport recently using the apron road referred to in the above post from 2011? Looking at Google Earth it looks like a new car park (at location 43.428397, 5.231315) has been placed over some of the apron road by the airport. I want to cycle from the airport through Martigues westwards; cycling on the busy road from the airport is non-preferred.

Thanks,

Tim

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

22 January 2015 - 10:24pm
robing wrote:I can't believe people are moaning about the cost. £75 for the weekend including camping and meals seems pretty good value. They've got several speakers lined up. I don't think I'll be able to go unfortunately, but if I could I'd be up there like a shot.

Cyclists are a diverse lot aren't they? If it was my sort of thing I would say it's good value too. After all some daft ******* pay nearly that to ride on public roads and be given gels.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 January 2015 - 9:51pm
I saw many such things on my Tour in Ireland. Lots of monolithic round forts seemingly in some of the more random places.

My family ashes are spread on a hill south of Chester that has one of the earliest monolithic forts - right on the edge of a cliff - though the name of said hill escapes me at this moment.

My trip is now booked - July 23rd, 7AM arrival in Manchest. I am now going through the process of reserving B&Bs along the route. some minor issues with that, but apparently I am grabbing the last room in a lot of places. Must be a busy time of year but that is fine with me - fingers crossed for some good weather.

Its too far in advance to book my train ticket from Cardiff to Chester - still not sure if I need to reserve a spot for my Bike on that train.
Also too early to know whether the Porthmadog Bridge will be open to crossings or only trains by the time I get there. Not that a pound and a half is much to pay for a train ticket, but it seems rather silly to have to ride a train for 1 minute to cross a bridge to the other side! I could probably wade the river faster!

Looks like I will also have the first 2 days of August (a weekend) to explore Cardiff on foot. Should give me enough time to visit some museums and the Castle. Anyone have something in Cardiff I should not miss while visiting there?

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

22 January 2015 - 9:01pm
DaveGos wrote:There is a sign posted route around the island bit hilly but only about 100 k . Its pretty easy to do in a day and see a few sites as well at that time of year . New forest itself is very anticycling


The New Forest has a few rabid antisocial muppets, but as a whole it is very cycle friendly...


A fe weeks ago I was out on the Kettwiesel and following a BMW 4x4 down a narrow winding road

Came to a junction, he pulled over and waved me on as "I would be faster than him on a road like this"

That is a far more typical experience of the New Forest

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

22 January 2015 - 8:29pm
DaveGos wrote:There is a sign posted route around the island bit hilly but only about 100 k . Its pretty easy to do in a day and see a few sites as well at that time of year . New forest itself is very anticycling

Thanks Dave. I'm planning on leaving my vehicle in a quiet village and shooting down to the ferry port. Not planning on a long cycle through the NF. I visit the NF in the Summer a fair bit chasing dragonflies & butterflies...........hc

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

22 January 2015 - 8:25pm
Slow Loris wrote:I'm hoping to go this spring, too, as I wasn't able to last year - wave if you see a very small, red Thorn .This campsite seems to be very accommodating to backpackers, although I haven't stayed there yet: http://www.heathfieldcamping.co.uk/index.php I called them last year and they have a separate field for small tents at reasonable rates with no booking required.

If there are any cider recommendations, I'd be interested .

Thanking you Yes and wave if you see a small burgundy Surly DT. Pilot with beard and long hair. Dysfunctional looking. Heathfield might be an option for my last night. Cider? A neighbour mentioned http://www.sharonorchard.com (Ryde)

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

22 January 2015 - 8:07pm
Just booked my flight.

July 23rd arrival in Manchester at 7AM. Return flight on the 5th of August.

Planning on spending roughly 2 full days in Cardiff at the end of riding, before taking a return-train to Chester.

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

22 January 2015 - 8:04pm
I can't believe people are moaning about the cost. £75 for the weekend including camping and meals seems pretty good value. They've got several speakers lined up. I don't think I'll be able to go unfortunately, but if I could I'd be up there like a shot.

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

22 January 2015 - 7:55pm
There is a sign posted route around the island bit hilly but only about 100 k . Its pretty easy to do in a day and see a few sites as well at that time of year . New forest itself is very anticycling

Re: Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

22 January 2015 - 7:30pm
I'm hoping to go this spring, too, as I wasn't able to last year - wave if you see a very small, red Thorn .This campsite seems to be very accommodating to backpackers, although I haven't stayed there yet: http://www.heathfieldcamping.co.uk/index.php I called them last year and they have a separate field for small tents at reasonable rates with no booking required.

If there are any cider recommendations, I'd be interested .

Re: Maps for cycling in Italy ? - North to South

22 January 2015 - 7:30pm
Not a map but do read 'Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie' by Andrew Sykes. He goes from Canterbury to Rome (and a bit) Great read...hc

Re: Dublin to Dingle Route

22 January 2015 - 5:39pm
try looking at this for routes, particularly good for Navigating Dublins streets
http://cycle.travel/map

this should help with cycle paths and cycle friendly streets
Personally I wouldn't worry about Dublin. If you avoid Rush hour and cycle sensibly you will be oK. you need to head south toward Tallaght and then onto Rathcoole from there I am lost and depends what you want to see.

The problem with Dublin is you will want to stay, there is plenty to see, so you have to be bit blinkered and head out of the City otherwise you'll spend 5 days sampling "da guinness". It's my favorite city, haven't visited for a while, but it has a lot of fond memories. Some great pubs, fantastic people and its own sound, every pub seems to have live music

Isle of Wight - Beginning of May 2015

22 January 2015 - 4:42pm
I had booked off a long weekend from Friday 1st of May after school drop off to Monday evening the 4th of May to go up to Clitheroe for a festival, but for a number of reasons I've moved the goal-posts and I'm now going to spend it on The Isle of Wight touring with my bike and tent. I'm not a fan of B&Bs if the weather is good so I'll be camping.

I plan to park my pick-up somewhere in the New Forest and cycle into Lymington to get a ferry across to Yarmouth and then cycle round in a clockwise direction. I'll stay 3 nights and cycle and see the sights during the day.

Has anyone got any suggestions? I'm after advice on leaving my vehicle in the New Forest, campsites, points of interest, routes, beer and cider.

Many thanks in advance........hc

Re: Cycle Touring Festival Clitheroe

22 January 2015 - 4:39pm
Sweep wrote:By the way, since it was referred go above, do the girl guides still own waddow hall? They did when i was a kid and in fact years later i worked with someone from the south coast who had been there. But i had the impression, the world being what it is, that they had sold it years ago to something a bit posher than mucky guides. Or did they sublet it?
Their website is very much Guide branded: http://www.waddow.org.uk/about_us.aspx

As a long term member of both the Scout Association and YHA (though not the Guides for obvious reasons), I think the strength of a lot of these organisations lies in some of the wonderful places they own. Many of which were donated in the last century or sold at a discounted rate. It would be a shame to lose that.

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