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Wednesday 8 June
by gogledd
in forum cycle.travel
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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