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by wearwell
3 Aug 2020, 7:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using your watch as a compass
Replies: 67
Views: 1668

Re: Using your watch as a compass

At night, you can use Ursa Major as a watch. Only if you have a nautical almanac handy, or printout therefrom, or a very good memory!........ Not at all. It's easier than the sun and watch method. https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/tell-time-by-stars.html OK yes that makes sense - I stand correc...
by wearwell
3 Aug 2020, 10:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using your watch as a compass
Replies: 67
Views: 1668

Re: Using your watch as a compass

At night, you can use Ursa Major as a watch. Only if you have a nautical almanac handy, or printout therefrom, or a very good memory! Navigating with a watch - if you can see the sun at all you don't need to fiddle with the watch except to tell the time. 12noon GMT it's approx due south, 6am it's d...
by wearwell
25 Jul 2020, 7:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: sustrans cuts routes
Replies: 89
Views: 4185

Re: sustrans cuts routes

Something a bit like this but running on rails? https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?p=36442#p36442 Yep! But recumbent, aerodynamic, enclosed. Could be 2 or 3 decks like bireme/trireme? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bireme#:~:text=A%20bireme%20is%20an%20ancient,the%20Phoenicians%2C%20Assyrians...
by wearwell
24 Jul 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

........ Sometimes though it would have been nice to avoid really crappy sections that even I found crappy... You can ride on any road in UK (except motorways) but if it feels crappy the best thing is to put on a high viz top. Can make a huge difference in my experience. Also to hold your road spac...
by wearwell
24 Jul 2020, 8:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: sustrans cuts routes
Replies: 89
Views: 4185

Re: sustrans cuts routes

Talking of railways quite a lot of redundant routes have been adopted by rail enthusiasts. We have one here https://www.e-v-r.com/ basically a big boys full size train set and tourist experience. Struck me you could do something like this https://walloniabelgiumtourism.co.uk/en-gb/content/draisines-...
by wearwell
19 Jul 2020, 7:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: sustrans cuts routes
Replies: 89
Views: 4185

Re: sustrans cuts routes

I think we need more provision for cycling Netherlands style, traffic lanes, dedicated well maintained paths etc - for cyclists then to work out their own routes. That's what we've always done; looking at someone's "route" as useful info but then adapting it to suit ourselves
by wearwell
19 Jul 2020, 1:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Rise in wild camping hits beauty spots
Replies: 40
Views: 2003

Re: Rise in wild camping hits beauty spots

We need more french style "municiple" campsites all over the place, with low charges and a defined minimum standard of services. Though unfortunately they seem to be being privatised in France and greatly favour mega camper vans, getting to be like industrial lorry parks. Maybe vehicle/van...
by wearwell
19 Jul 2020, 8:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

Seems that Sustrans is rethinking too. Maybe over ambitious to start with? The need for safe cycle routes is on the increase so more analysis and bigger investment must be the way forward? https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/jul/19/national-cycle-network-sustrans-cuts-quarter-uk-routes-safety-gr...
by wearwell
6 Jul 2020, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

Said it before that Michelin road atlas (and similar other brands, Philips etc) are excellent, cheap, lightweight and easy to pack if you just tear out the pages you need. Buy last years even cheaper. Scales seem to be 1:300,000 (5 miles/inch), or 1:200,000 (3miles/inch) depending on which brand/ver...
by wearwell
1 Jul 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog 7 days first timer
Replies: 26
Views: 2466

Re: Lejog 7 days first timer

I did it in my 60th year with full camping kit etc. Mostly proper campsites if found, or rough camping (no prob). effin hard work! Average 120km a day with longest day being Lairg to JoG approx 160 km. Took scenic route avoiding traffic - Gretna, Ardrossan, Arran, Oban, avoid Fort William on other s...
by wearwell
1 Jul 2020, 6:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

I have my fingers crossed for us being able to do our planned tour of Wales and the border in a few weeks, and I like to think that much of the route is just me, looking at maps and selecting country lanes that take my fancy. But also in the mix are big chunks of the Taff Trail and Lon Las Cymru. ....
by wearwell
1 Jul 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

They are perfectly clear on the OS maps. And they show terraine as well. Yes, but even a couple of days touring can need half a dozen OS maps easily, they're too large a scale. Sustrans ones would be perfect save for all the issues above. I'd only take OS maps for any areas where I intended to spen...
by wearwell
30 Jun 2020, 2:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

Is it me but the linked route doesn't seem to be a Sustrans route but a Google maps one? Looking at Cycletravel there doesn't seem to be a Sustrans route from Bristol Airport. There's the NCN 5 10 km to the West and 52 a bit further to the East in Coventry. Surely just a case of how you cross the M...
by wearwell
30 Jun 2020, 2:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

The mistake sustrans have made is to send the routes straight through cities and towns instead of creating a circular ring road type route that would join up with connecting routes,. So you could avoid the towns if wanted. Couldn’t agree more. The many of the routes around Edinburgh are extremely p...
by wearwell
30 Jun 2020, 2:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Sustrans no good for touring
Replies: 149
Views: 5269

Re: Sustrans no good for touring

Sounds like poor preparation and route planning rather than something unique to Sustrans. You could spend all day getting out of the Birmingham area if you weren't prepared. But 24 hours for 60 miles would take a certain degree on incompetence, makes you wonder why they didn't just abandon that aft...