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King's Cross to King's Lynn

A 111 mile ride from King's Cross to King's Lynn. Mix of flat and gently-rolling. 29% cycleway. 0.9mi on A roads, lots on B roads. Ride rating: ★★★★★. Much of this route has been used by a local cycling group, but please check you're happy with the route before setting off.

(Note: in this, following signs "to" a place should mean you actually go there, whereas "towards" a place means you will change direction before it. Not every signposted turn is mentioned, especially when on marked routes like the National Cycle Routes or A/B roads.)

Take CS6 southbound but turn off left at Calthorpe Street crossroads and continue straight over Farringdon Road to take Q2 northbound. In Islington, turn left at a crossroads bollarded in all directions onto CS1 to Seven Sisters. When CS1 joins the A10, do not continue along it — instead, use the Toucan crossing to the left to continue over into Crowland Road and on across Markfield Recreation Ground, then turn left onto National 1 beside the River Lea Navigation. Follow the water straight ahead, crossing to the right over Stonehouse Lock, then when you pass under the north circular dual carriageway and then join a road to cross left over the water, then when National 1 turns right to cross Pickett's Lock, follow the road (Picketts Lock Lane) left instead and turn right at end into Lea Valley Athletics Centre, then onto the cycleway on the nearside of Meridian Way.

(Former route: Follow CS1 to the college buildings at Tottenham Green, follow signs for "Tottenham Hale" to turn right on Tynemouth Rd and at the one way signs, turn left into Copperfield Drive, follow road through emergency route onto Stainby Road. Cross the A road, then turn right onto cycleway and second left into Ashley Road, then right-left onto cycleway leading to one alongside the A1055, following signs towards Picketts Lock then Waltham Abbey.)

At Bilton Way fork (signposted Ordnance Road ½ and Enfield Lock station), continue straight on then turn right signposted Enfield Greenways and Lea Valley Park onto Route 12. At end turn left onto Route 1. Follow Route 1 taking care to go left over bridges at end of Meridian Way. After Meadgate Road rejoins the River Lea Navigation towpath, leave Route 1 by going straight on crossing over Dobbs Weir and continuing straight on to eventually join Route 61 to Ware at Ratty's Lane.

After Ware centre and school on left, leave Route 61 by turning right over weight-restricted level concrete bridges past a lock, then turn left and follow Harris's Lane. Straight over one crossroads, then turn left at crossroads onto B1001 and turn right at mini-roundabout into Wulfrath Way. Turn left on bend opposite Poles Lane onto bridleway Poles Lane under the bypass, continuing onto tarmac road. At end, turn right onto Cambridge Road to Puckeridge, following cycle signs to Cambridge.

After Puckeridge, turn right onto B1348. At end after 20 miles, cross over A10 and turn right onto cycleway. After crossing river, turn left onto cycle route across open countryside and past new housing. At end, turn left, then turn left into the park and ride and follow the cycleway alongside the busway under Trumpington Road to Cambridge Station.

Continue straight ahead across station square, through the car park, then out under the bridge and turn right onto Devonshire Road. Go straight over Mill Road, then right through the cycle-only slalom and left into Sturton Street. At the end, turn left then U-turn right into the subway, straight through the roundabout and then take the left fork down to turn right onto Riverside. Take the bridge over the river and follow Route 51 to Milton Road, then take the underpass under the busway and continue straight on following "(11)" over the A14 to Milton.

In Milton, turn left to stay on the High Street and take the cycleway by the right-hand bus stop to go straight over the A10 to Landbeach. Rejoin the carriageway at the 30mph sign, keep straight on through the village, turn left to Cottenham, then turn right onto unsuitable-for-HGV Rooks Street and turn right at end onto B1049 to Wilburton. At end turn right then turn left into Station Road, to Witchford.

In Witchford, turn right and take cycleway to Ely. In Ely, turn left at end onto Cambridge Road and left at end onto Lynn Road. In Littleport, follow signs towards Littleport station and continue past. At staggered crossroads with A10, continue on right-left to Black Horse Drove. Continue straight on to Route 11 to Denver.

In Denver, leave Route 11 by continuing straight on when it turns right, then at end, turn left-right across staggered crossroads onto B1507 to Downham Market and continue straight on until Route 11 rejoins you for the second time after the church on the hill. Follow Route 11 to Route 1 to King's Lynn. Congratulations.

King's Lynn - Fakenham Route Sheet

A 49 mile ride to Fakenham from King's Lynn and back. Mix of flat and gently-rolling. 10% cycleway. 500m on A roads, 3½ miles on B roads. Ride rating: ★★. This route has been used by a local cycling group multiple times, but please check you're happy with the route before setting off.

(Note: in this, following signs "to" a place should mean you actually go there, whereas "towards" a place means you will change direction before it. Not every signposted turn is mentioned, especially when on marked routes like the National Cycle Routes or A/B roads.)

Follow Route 1 from King's Lynn to Sandringham Visitor Centre, then turn right onto the B1440 and ignore Route 1 turning left to the Sawmill. Instead take the next left to Anmer and then continue forwards, straight over crossroads with B1153, then left-right to Houghton, straight over crossroads with Houghton Hall Road and to West Rudham. At end turn left onto busy A148 and use lay-by on left to turn right towards Pockthorpe. Take next left into School Road, not rejoining A148 but turning right to continue along School Road, then at end turn right, then next left to Broomsthorpe. Continue forwards towards Helhoughton, then left towards Tatterford, then left twice towards Dunton. Take an unsignposted right turn downhill, then right again to cross the river to Shereford. At the end of the road, turn left to Fakenham, continuing straight over a small crossroads and a staggered crossroads with busy A1065, then left into Fakenham.

If you wish to continue to Norwich, continue straight on instead and follow the red Route 1 signs to Great Ryburgh, then after a sharp right, turn left between pub and church into Bridge Street. Continue straight on across A road then turn first right and continue straight across B road to follow road to Wood Norton to Guestwick with a right at end then left at end to rejoin Route 1 to Reepham. In Reepham, either follow Route 1 all the way to Norwich (sandy in places) or turn left at end of Ollands Road to Norwich Road and follow that to a staggered crossroads after woods with Norwich signed as a right turn. Turn right and just after Taverham sign, turn left onto Route 1 to cross a busy A road on a bridge. At junction with the next busy A road, turn left onto it, then immediately after complex traffic light junction turn right opposite Cock Inn into Low Road. Follow that to turn left onto Route 1 before bridge and follow Route 1 into Norwich (52 miles from Lynn, route map/downloads here).

To return from Fakenham, we will broadly follow the former railway route, which results in short climbs followed by gradual descents in this direction. Leave Fakenham centre following signs for Dereham B1146 over the river bridge, then turn right at crossroads signposted King's Lynn (A1065), continue straight over staggered crossroads to Shereford, then follow signs to Helhoughton, continue straight on out of the village, past a left turn to Weasenham and take a right turn to East Rudham. After the former station, take an unsigned left turn towards The Grange. Continue straight on through three crossroads, then turn left at staggered crossroads towards Great Massingham. Turn right at top of hill into Church Lane. At end, turn right to Grimston. At staggered crossroads, turn left towards Gayton then right to Pott Row and at end, turn left. Then at end, turn right onto B1145 to King's Lynn - take care over blind brows, riding central in the narrow lane where there are double white lines. Continue over roundabout with busy A149, then fork left onto cycleway and follow signs to station and town centre.

1963 National Road Race Championships, Kenilworth

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Lynnsport-Lynford 100km Loop Directions

A 63 mile ride to a Forestry Commission site from King's Lynn and back. Mix of flat and gently-rolling. 7% cycleway. 1.6 miles on A roads, 6 miles on B roads. Ride rating: ★★★. This route has been used by a local cycling group multiple times, but please check you're happy with the route before setting off.

(Note: in this, following signs "to" a place should mean you actually go there, whereas "towards" a place means you will change direction before it. Not every signposted turn is mentioned, especially when on marked routes like the Red/Blue routes or A/B roads.)

Follow Route Red 1 south from King's Lynn towards Wisbech, then Red 11 to Downham Market.

In Downham Market, ignore Red 11's right turn off the B1507 Lynn Road and continue straight on towards Wisbech, then to Denver. Use cycleway/island bypass crossing slip lane on left if you wish.

In Denver, turn left before church onto Red 11 Ryston Road, then continue forwards onto Blue 30, careful across busy A10, towards Wretton and Stoke Ferry (third left, then left, then right) but turn right onto B1160 to Wissington sugar factory. This 3 mile section is usually fairly quiet but used by large lorries.

After Wissington, take unsignposted first left on sharp bend, then follow signs to Methwold, then to Cranwich Heath, then to Mundford. After turning right onto busy A134, use first left to join cycleway. At end of cycleway, turn left into St Leonard's Road, then left at the Crown (possible lunch stop) and left-right across A1065 into Lynford Road. The arboretum is at the far end on the right and worth walking around.

Return along Lynford Road, then right onto A1065 and left after bridge towards Didlington. Turn left at first crossroads, then fork right to reach Foulden. Turn right and follow Route Blue 30 towards Oxborough, but turn off right to Beachamwell.

At the edge of Beachamwell, follow signs towards Fincham, then left towards Downham Market, then right at crossroads towards Swaffham, right at end and next left towards RAF Marham,  but keep straight on to Narborough.

In Narborough, turn left at the central crossroads and follow signs and road to Pentney.

In Pentney, turn left opposite church, signposted Gravel Pits. Follow road past pits to East Winch and cross busy A47. Turn right at end, then left to Ashwicken. Turn left at end onto busy B1145 to edge of King's Lynn.

At the hospital, turn right at mini-roundabout into its entrance then immediately left onto cycleway crossing. Follow cycleway along the road and turn right with it into unsigned Spring Lane. Turn left after the school over a short gravel section to join another cycleway and continue forwards. Turn right at end onto busy A148, then left into Marsh Lane. Continue forwards at sharp bend onto a cycleway, then turn left at cycleway crossroads onto Route 1 and Lynnsport is ahead of you.

[suggestion] Adding route description

Could there be a way to add a route description to an existing route, please? I often don't have the pictures and words to describe a route before I've ridden it.

If there is a way, could you tell me how and consider making it more obvious, please? Maybe "Add description" links from the journeys list and the map?

Actually, how do you get from a saved route to its description(s) anyway?

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