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by Nanook
9 Feb 2019, 1:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cardiff to Aviemore
Replies: 4
Views: 1403

Cardiff to Aviemore

Three of us are undertaking a ride from Cardiff (or maybe Pontypridd) to Aviemore this Autumn. I have most of the route worked out, which is near enough the same as my LEJOG in 2014. However, the section I am not at all familiar with is from Cardiff/Pontypridd to Hereford so I'm looking for recommendations from cyclists local to that area. Two of us are experienced cyclists but the third member of our group is a beginner so the least hilly and easiest route would be best.
Thanks in advance. Joe.
by Nanook
23 Oct 2014, 3:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Another reason to boycott LIDL
Replies: 102
Views: 24429

Re: Another reason to boycott LIDL

As I retired Health and Safety Advisor I can categorically state that Lidl has a duty in law to check the safety performance of their contractors. Look here http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg368.pdf
and tell me that Lidl had no responsibility for the safety standards of their carrier.
by Nanook
24 Aug 2014, 8:36pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Cornwall
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Re: Concerned about Cornwall

Many thanks indeed to you all for your help and input. My route is now finalised and my bike all loaded ready to go. Train from Kingussie to Penzance is on Tuesday morning and then cycling starts on Wednesday morning. Looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to raise more money for Help for Heroes on the way. If anyone wants to follow my progress I'll be putting an update on Facebook each evening. To find my page just search for Joe Quinn Kingussie Retired and you should find me.

Cheers,

Joe.
by Nanook
24 Aug 2014, 7:57am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Cornwall
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Re: Concerned about Cornwall

Sounds good Mick. Now what about the A38 (I remember it well from my days in the sixties driving from Birmingham to go climbing in Cornwall!) you suggest to use it as far as I can to Bristol. Is it cycle-friendly?

Cheers,

Joe
by Nanook
23 Aug 2014, 7:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Cornwall
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Re: Concerned about Cornwall

Hi Mick,

Thanks for the info. I take it that the A39 from Wadebridge to Camelford is OK?

Cheers,

Joe
by Nanook
22 Aug 2014, 9:09am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Cornwall
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Re: Concerned about Cornwall

I'm trying to keep away from some of the narrow lanes with those really high banks and hedges on each side. So I'm hoping my change of route will help with that. Time will tell!
by Nanook
19 Aug 2014, 12:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Cornwall
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Re: Concerned about Cornwall

Thanks for the info Juicerail - I've now changed almost my entire route for Day 1! Yours looks infinitely more straightforward and easier. I'll be starting on Wednesday 28th what day do you plan to start?
by Nanook
18 Aug 2014, 7:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE Route - Bike Shops
Replies: 5
Views: 3701

Re: JOGLE Route - Bike Shops

There is a really great bike shop in Aviemore see here - http://www.bothybikes.co.uk/

For Inverness see here - http://www.bikesofinverness.co.uk/

For the Slochd see here - http://www.slochd.co.uk/lodge.html
by Nanook
18 Aug 2014, 7:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Bit Bothered about Bristol
Replies: 2
Views: 3057

Bit Bothered about Bristol

My planned route for Day 4 which includes getting through Bristol is this:

Day 4 West Harptree to Perton/Dormington (jcn B4224/A438) 72 miles (278)
From West Harptree (N) on B3114 to North Widcombe – Chew Magna – Maiden Head
Cross A38 and onto B3130 to Long Ashton and towards Wraxall
Then B3129 towards Leigh Woods and Bristol and B3129 the Clifton Bridge and Queens Road to the A4018 Whiteladies Road which carries on as Westbury Road, Falcondale Road and Passage Road.
Cross over/under M5 onto B4055 Blackhorse Hill – Marshcommon Road
Then A403 Severn Road and M48 Severn Bridge
Into Chepstow then B4228 to St Briavels and Coleford
Right on A4136 to Upper Lydbrook then left onto B4234 – Ruardean –Walford and Ross on Wye.
A449 out of Ross the left onto B4224 to Brockhampton – Fownhope – Mordiford – Perton.

I'm OK with the route overall, but could someone with local knowledge cast an eye over the bit that takes me through Bristol and let me know if it's OK.

Thanks, Joe.
by Nanook
18 Aug 2014, 7:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: New record for LEJOG - on a trike
Replies: 2
Views: 3680

Re: New record for LEJOG - on a trike

What a brilliant feat! Well done indeed!
by Nanook
18 Aug 2014, 7:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Cornwall
Replies: 18
Views: 7324

Concerned about Cornwall

People I speak to tell me that Cornwall is the hilliest part of LEJOG. I don't mind hills as I'm used to them living in the Highlands of Scotland. Another thing I'm told is that the lanes in Cornwall are narrow and not that easy to cycle. In the route that I've planned I am trying to avoid main roads (especially the dreaded A30) but will this mean I will be hitting big hill after big hill? My route so far is:

Day 1 Land’s End to Wadebridge 67 miles
Land's End - B3315 to Treen – Boskenna – Newlyn – Penzance –
Road to Marazion then B3280 to Leedstown – Praze an Beeble – Four Lanes – Carnkie
Road to Lanner – (cross A393) – Twelveheads - Baldhu - Newbridge
Cross A390 at Threemilestone – Atlet Common – Treworgan – St Allen
Cross A30 to Newlyn East then Trevoll – Kestle Mill and head for St Columb Road – and St Columb Major (avoid the A39)
A39 to Wadebridge.

Is this an OK route or does anyone have local knowledge that will make my life easier?

Cheers, Joe.
by Nanook
13 Aug 2014, 6:34pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Edinburgh
Replies: 4
Views: 2744

Re: Concerned about Edinburgh

Great info folks and my route through Edinburgh is now sorted.

Many thanks,

Joe.
by Nanook
13 Aug 2014, 11:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: is it possible?
Replies: 40
Views: 27061

Re: is it possible?

Lots of sage advice has been posted about getting bike fit and the like. I live in the Highlands near Aviemore and know the area and its weather very well indeed. As you are doing your LEJOG or JOGLE in April/May you really do need to take into account that the weather in the Highlands could still be wintry especially on higher ground. If you were planning, say, late May, you would almost certainly not have a problem; but April can be very hit-and-miss up here. Just a thought.
by Nanook
13 Aug 2014, 10:52am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Guinness World Record - Offical confirmation - Oldest Rider
Replies: 8
Views: 4360

Re: Guinness World Record - Offical confirmation - Oldest Ri

I've voted for Tony and a BIG well done mate!!
by Nanook
13 Aug 2014, 10:46am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Concerned about Edinburgh
Replies: 4
Views: 2744

Concerned about Edinburgh

If all goes to plan I should be cycling up through Edinburgh on Friday 5th September. I'm a bit concerned about getting into heavy traffic through the city and wonder if anyone could help me with a good route. my own route so far is:

Day 9 Eskdalemuir to Inverkeithing
N on B709 to Ettrick – Traquair and into Peebles
A703 N out of Peebles to Leadburn then A701 to Penicuik then A701 N to Easter Howgate.
Turn L onto A703 onto jcn of A702/A703 and on to cross A720 ring road on A702.
L on B701 Oxgangs Road then L on B701 Redford Road then L onto Colinton Road then Bridge Street and over Water of Leith.
There seems to be a cycle path then off to the R?
B701 continues to Drum Brae North then L onto A90 and cycle path alongside this (?) gives onto B924 and passes the Forth Rail Bridge.
B924 then joins the A90 road bridge (somehow) and onto cycle path.
Over bridge and into Inverkeithing.

Any help would be really appreciated folks.

Thanks, Joe.