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I have used cycle.travel to.plan routes before but after 2 years of not touring due to the COVID situation. It was great to be back on the road seeing what the routes I'd planned actually looked like.

The ride was from Ardnamurchan Point to Ness Point (Lowestoft)... furthest point West on the British mainland to the furthest point East..

but first to get to Ardnamurchan lighthouse! I used cycle.travel to plan all legs including the one from home to Crewe station to catch the Caledonian Sleeper! The highlight of this was not only the beautiful Cheshire countryside but the routes through Nantwich and Crewe.

Once off the Sleeper in Fort William we followed NCN route 78 to Oban...the last 8 miles being a brutal climb with a loaded bike!

Then Felly onto the Isle of Mull and a 33km ride to Tobermory.

The next day, up early to catch the 07:20 ferry to Kilchoan and a risk 12km ride to Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the most westerly point on the British mainland. Once the photos were taken it was time to head East (and South!) retracing our steps to Kilchoan, the ferry, Tobermory and a very wet ride back to Craignure and the ferry to Oban. We rode a further 57km to our hostel near Lochgilphead.

The next leg was again NCN78 to Ardrishaig and Cloanaig a ferry to the Isle of Arran. Lochranza to Brodick, a ferry to Ardrossan and an evening ride to Ayr again following the National Cycle Network.

The journey was then all on mainland. Ayr - Dumfries - Penrith - Catterick Garrison - Welton (Humber Bridge) - Boston - Dereham and finally Lowestoft.

I used cycle.travel to plan routes between our booked accommodation trying to keep to around 115km. Our longest leg was 142km and the shortest, just 78km.

I'd like to say thank you to cycle.travel for such a great facility and helping me see some of the most amazing, beautiful and quiet roads in Britain.

Many thanks.

O

West2East

I have used cycle.travel to.plan routes before but after 2 years of not touring due to the COVID situation. It was great to be back on the road seeing what the routes I'd planned actually looked like.

The ride was from Ardnamurchan Point to Ness Point (Lowestoft)... furthest point West on the British mainland to the furthest point East..

but first to get to Ardnamurchan lighthouse! I used cycle.travel to plan all legs including the one from home to Crewe station to catch the Caledonian Sleeper! The highlight of this was not only the beautiful Cheshire countryside but the routes through Nantwich and Crewe.

Once off the Sleeper in Fort William we followed NCN route 78 to Oban...the last 8 miles being a brutal climb with a loaded bike!

Then Felly onto the Isle of Mull and a 33km ride to Tobermory.

The next day, up early to catch the 07:20 ferry to Kilchoan and a risk 12km ride to Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the most westerly point on the British mainland. Once the photos were taken it was time to head East (and South!) retracing our steps to Kilchoan, the ferry, Tobermory and a very wet ride back to Craignure and the ferry to Oban. We rode a further 57km to our hostel near Lochgilphead.

The next leg was again NCN78 to Ardrishaig and Cloanaig a ferry to the Isle of Arran. Lochranza to Brodick, a ferry to Ardrossan and an evening ride to Ayr again following the National Cycle Network.

The journey was then all on mainland. Ayr - Dumfries - Penrith - Catterick Garrison - Welton (Humber Bridge) - Boston - Dereham and finally Lowestoft.

I used cycle.travel to plan routes between our booked accommodation trying to keep to around 115km. Our longest leg was 142km and the shortest, just 78km.

I'd like to say thank you to cycle.travel for such a great facility and helping me see some of the most amazing, beautiful and quiet roads in Britain.

Many thanks.

O

London to Wrexham

Hi again,

A long time since I posted but I have been using cycle.travel to plan routes and always say how good the website is for finding routes.

Last Sunday (29th July 2018) I took the train to London to participate in the RideLondon Surrey 100. Sportives are not normally my thing but I'd signed up to raise money for the FireFighters Charity being retired from the Fire and Rescue Service isn 2008. But Ithough I would extend my ride and after a night in St. Pauls Youth Hostel I had decided to ride back home to Wrexham.

Day 1 was from St Paul's London to Milton Keynes. I am so glad I had downloaded a cycle.travel route out of London. The roule used the London Cycle Network out towards Wood Green and followed the New River path staying away from busy roads and travelleing through park ways. Very pleasant indeed. Once out into Buckinghamshire I was on National Cycle Network routes and through Luton to Dunstable following their amazing bus 'railway'!. Lots of old railway lines had been brought back into use to link up this journey.

A word of warning NCN12 near South Mimms is signed as "The Great North Way" but is actiually like cycling through a hedge in parts! Its narrow and overgrown near the M25.

The canal paths into Milton Keynes are - lets say - variable! Some very narrow gates - at least one needed the removal of my panniers to get through - and some very poor surface meant progress could be quite slow.

I have to say a big THANK YOU to cycle.travel I don't think I could have planned a nicer route out of London and I doubt I'd ever hve found the YHA in Milton Keynes without a GPS!

Kiln Lane

On a recent ride I planned using cycle.travel the rooute directed me down Kiln Lane. Please avoid this road on anything but a mountain bike. Its really a bridle way and is rutted, very, wet and very muddy at all times of the year. Theres an easy altenative   - turn down Plas Noble and onto Marchweil Hall Rd to avoid Kiln Lane. Hopefully this is helpful to other travellers.

Ride to Dudley/ Coventry

Hello. Last weekend I used cycle.travel for the first time to plan a route to Coventry - the first leg was to Dudley with an overnight stop at friends, then on to Coventry to watch my rugby league team at Butts Park.

I have to say it was a fabulous experience. I rode over three quarters of the ride virtually trafic free. Even in Telford and Shifnall I was directed onto cycle paths and quieter roads. Again on Sunday with plenty of time I too a route using the canal system through Birmingham then quieter urban roads through Small Heath and out once more onto rural roads. I was amazed that right up to 6km from Coventry I was still riding on rural roads with farms and fields as company.

I only had a couple of minor problems one within 2km from home. The route took me out of Wrexham along Sontley Road and tried to direct me down a small unmade road. Fortuantely I am familiar with this road and realistically it is a bridleway and not really suited to touring bikes. It is extrelemely muddy and only to be attempted on a mountain bike. Some of the canal towpaths were also a little difficut to negotiate with the only hard surface a little wider than a tyres width.

The ride throgh Birmingham was facinating and I was aware that it was going to be a shared path, so I was expecting progress to be slower than normal.

Many thanks for this fabulous resource I'll be sharing it with friends.

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