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!