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Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 6:09pm
It's ridiculous calling it St Frideswide Sq, or at least with that spelling. I realise that it is the spelling used locally for the cathedral, but the more widely preferred, and more helpful, spelling is Frithuswith. With that, people have a chance to pronounce it sensibly. They look at Frideswide and come out with some horror like "fried swide" - you can hardly envisage her as the Princess she was by calling her that.

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 6:06pm
pwa wrote:If there is a group I do not see cycling as much it is children.
But the journey to and from school used to account for the major part of the total cycling count in the 70s and 80s. If that's gone, it probably cancels out the modest growth in cycling by adults and bodes ill for the future.

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 5:47pm
Brilliant everyone! This has given me plenty of information to sort things out. (Notably the "Cock-up Bridge" is not something I want to confront with a loaded tandem and a team age of 132 years … we've struggled over too many like that in the past )

Edit: Ignore my comment on "Cock-up Bridge". Mrs. M-k just looked at the photograph and said, "We've dealt with worse than that — what's the problem?" (That's my girl! )

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 5:32pm
'Are Sustrans routes, including the Trans Pennine route for road bikes, available for GPS...'

try http://cycle.travel/map where all the Sustrans routes are detailed by red dots (I believe). Once located you can then save as GPS file to load on your Garmin, which is what I do using that site

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 5:10pm
jochta wrote:BTW the changes at this junction are part of the Frideswide Square changes coming soon. See...

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/cont ... -station-0

And the plan of the new layout...

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/site ... rawing.pdf
I can't quite get my head around why it's connected to St F re-re-redevelopment tbh.

Re: Signage concerns at a junction in Oxford.

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 4:58pm
BTW the changes at this junction are part of the Frideswide Square changes coming soon. See...

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/cont ... -station-0

And the plan of the new layout...

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/site ... rawing.pdf

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 4:49pm
Hi, I commute Ely-Cambridge and NCN11 should be fine in April. There are various short off-road sections between Lode and Wicken (as you can see on your map). I'd only use my MTB there at the moment, but they are as good as off-road sections come with crushed gravel and are definitively ok after some drier spells. The bit north of Barway, just south of Ely is usually the worst. Just a farm track really, needs MTB at the moment, but ok when dry and it's only a couple of miles. Great way to get into Ely along the river with the best views of the cathedral.

So I'd say give it a try and when you get to the first off-road section after Lode you can then decide whether to carry on on the NCN or whether to change to your alternative route via Swaffham or Reach (just turn right - all those droves take you back to that road and NCN51). If the Lode bit is wet and muddy then the Barway bit will be worse.

Wicken Fen is quite nice esp early in the morning and usually no other people for miles around but obviously not the most exciting cycling and quite a grind when it's muddy and there is a headwind.

Your alternative route is probably more scenic with pretty villages etc, a couple of comments on that one: Stay on NCN51 until either Burwell or Exning. Avoid Soham, lots of traffic and not that nice. Avoid the A142, it's very busy. Either go Burwell -> (busyish but only 10mins) Fordham -> Isleham ->Prickwillow or Exning -> Snailwell ->Chippenham ->Prickwillow (more scenic and very quiet roads). I don't particularly like Newmarket, busy traffic High St and not that pretty except for a few back streets which are hard to find. The area around Newmarket (S+W) on the other hand is some of the best cycling country with rolling hills and lovely countryside but perhaps too much of a detour.

Cottenham is my usual commuting route, the road isn't very busy outside rush hour but it's not very exiciting and traffic is fast. You get all the boring Fen bits without the nature reserve - it's quick and easy but not the route I'd take for sightseeing.

Re: Anyone not get frozen fingers today

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 4:37pm
ArMoRothair wrote:Only -2°C here this morning. No gloves, no problems.
I wear the same gloves all year around, whether it's -4°C or +25°C, I still wear the same gloves.

Not sure what the temperature was this morning but it was blummin' cold on my bike. For some reason, it was my forearms that were cold which I found really strange.

I'll be glad when I can go back to shorts and a 'T' shirt. DS bought me some thermal long johns for Christmas and they have been great - even though I never felt the cold in my shorts, wearing these are just that bit more comfortable. Only problem is they're from that French sporting shop and are just that little bit too short.

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 4:19pm
Have you tried the "Find Photos" links on cycle.travel and http://ely.cyclestreets.net/photomap/ ? Most of it is this sort of gravel http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4289809 but the bit I was worried about doesn't seem to be on either site. It might be sloped enough that it does drain.

Oh and if you do ride the lovely NCN11 route, be prepared for the notorious "Cock-up Bridge" http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/23768/ or avoid it by something like http://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/40571415/#balanced (amongst others)

Re: Holland

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 4:13pm
Thanks for the links and suggestions.

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 4:04pm
Can't really help because it's a few years since we did this route and we were on solos then, hadn't yet found tandem joy
Anyway I just wanted to say that we remember Wicken Fen as being just wonderful, a very evocative area. There were also the Konik (think I've spelt that right !) ponies that live wild there.

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 4:00pm
Although that also misses Wicken Fen, I think that meander would take you past/near the Museum of Fenland Drainage at Prickwillow (opens April 25th to October 4th, Saturday to Tuesday 12:00 to 16:00).

How about a bit more of a meander to take a look at Newmarket (seems a shame to pass that close and not see it), or go more direct along the B road from Burwell to Fordham? Similarly, why add distance to visit Lode but miss out Anglesey Abbey (House open most days in April, Gardens every day)?

(FX: sits back and awaits angry messages from the Exning Tourism Partnership for suggesting using the B road instead )

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 3:32pm
Tip: Mr Coulouris notes that they are tagged (right word?) thus on OSM:
"...how to download GPX files for almost all the Sustrans National Cycle Network routes (i.e. those mapped as 'NCN xx') from OpenStreetMap."
see here: http://www.coulouris.net/biking/Garmin605.html

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 3:30pm
It would be great if their routes were available digitally on their website... p'raps they are - I'll take a look!

Re: Sustrans routes GPS

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 3:24pm
Thanks for the advice

Bob

Re: Kingston upon Thames to Redhill route?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 3:13pm
Thank you all, this is a real help and extremely appreciated.

Re: Kingston upon Thames to Redhill route?

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 2:43pm
jgurney wrote:The A217 has no cycle path S. of Tadworth and is busy and noisy, but did not feel dangerous.

I was brought up in Banstead, and have lived there for various stretches. Many years ago I did cycle on the A217 from time to time if I was in a hurry. But it felt increasingly less safe as time went on and eventually I decided to avoid it as a matter of routine. If you are the kind of person who cycles A-road dual carriageways, I suppose the best that can be said for it is that it has a speed limit, it isn't a 70mph dual carriageway. I also increasingly sought to avoid the B2219 Holly Lane between Banstead centre and Outwood Lane - just too narrow for such quantities of fast traffic - using Park Road as suggested above instead.

Once you get to Chipstead there are 2 sensible routes to Redhill and not much to choose between them.

Re: Wicken Fen to Ely (NCR 11)

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 1:58pm
mjr wrote:There's a shorter Cambridge-Ely route via NCN51 and Cottenham that you could use if it seems muddy, but part of that is on a busy B road.

Thanks mjr. Yes, I looked at that alternative — probably the best bet if the rain's coming down in buckets and the ride is not going to be much fun in any case.

I suppose if it's been wet and we're not in a hurry and we really want to see England (which is the purpose of the tour) we could always take this meandering route: http://cycle.travel/map/journey/10360?lat=52.3015&lon=0.194&zoom=12 and stay on tarmac.

Re: USA Tour

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 4 February 2015 - 1:22pm
In northern Wisconsin, I used to see bears regularly (once or twice per year), though I seldom came close to them. I have encountered bears twice in my life, close enough to touch, and survived to tell about it

Bears aren't a problem when people behave sensibly and follow advice.

Re: new cycling paths

CTC Forum - On the road - 4 February 2015 - 1:17pm
A27 between Lancing and Shoreham Airport, I've noted this is work in progress for a while. I have no problems doing the short trip along the dualed A27 as far as Shoreham to turn off to the side roads, but others I have been with do not like it. The alternative is twice the distance along the seafront and through the airport, not only the distance is annoying (when you are so near) but it's pretty flat and windy too. The only down side is you have to rejoin the road for the roundabout, even though there was room to keep the cycle path going into Lancing and avoid the roundabout all together (which out of the straight dual-carriageway is the only real 'danger' point)
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