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by hilloverthehill
22 Jul 2020, 2:17pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Wigan past Preston to Garstang
Replies: 14
Views: 617

Re: Wigan past Preston to Garstang

If you want a really quiet largely off-road route you could try the leeds and Liverpool canal from Wigan to Whittle-le-Woods then the NCN 55 to Preston, (where a lack of signs saw me meandering for a while), then join the Lancaster Canal. It was muddy and hard going in parts on a road touring bike b...
by hilloverthehill
13 Mar 2020, 7:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE Summer
Replies: 13
Views: 1279

Re: JOGLE Summer

You could avoid going back to Thurso by cutting through to Forsinard on the forestry roads. I did it on a road bike a few years ago and it was fine.Alan
by hilloverthehill
13 Jan 2020, 1:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tenting/Camping LEJOG
Replies: 56
Views: 4353

Re: Tenting/Camping LEJOG

Threads have already mentioned the wild camping options in Scotland, but don't be adverse to doing the same through England. I did my JOGLE in November when most camping sites were shut, and I camped in out-of-the-way woods, canal towpaths and tucked down by rivers. You can always ask a farmer - you...
by hilloverthehill
31 Dec 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Accommodation for LEJOG
Replies: 15
Views: 1055

Re: Accommodation for LEJOG

I've always winged it on trips, booking on the day, so far not been caught out. You could join warm showers as an extra option
by hilloverthehill
29 Apr 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG
Replies: 14
Views: 3081

Re: Lejog from Fort Augustus to JoG

On my JOGLE Oct 2015 I followed the Great Glen Way along the west side of Loch Ness, pretty well offroad from Inverness to Fort William. There was a wee bit of pushing and a couple of punctures, and that was on a road tourer. You can go across the Flow Country from Forsinard on forest roads, and com...
by hilloverthehill
9 May 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG Offroad
Replies: 22
Views: 1682

Re: LEJOG Offroad

Hi Dave I tried to do as much off-road as I could on my JOGLE in Oct/Nov 2015, and managed about 35% off road, and most of the rest on backroads. Off road sections included forest roads through Flow Country to Forsinard/ Great Glen Way / Ballachulish-Oban cycle path / old railways through Ayrshire /...
by hilloverthehill
8 May 2018, 12:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Irish tour - route advice?
Replies: 9
Views: 1609

Re: Irish tour - route advice?

I cycled round Ireland a few years ago sticking mainly to the coast and using backroads where possible. From Dublin I headed south to Glendaloch which is a nice spot, then angled across through Rathdrum, Bunclody, New Ross, south to Duncannon then across to Waterford on the ferry. Took the 675 to Du...
by hilloverthehill
30 Mar 2018, 11:15am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 7th and Final LEJOG
Replies: 47
Views: 9979

Re: 7th and Final LEJOG

i did my route from JOG and took the back roads down to loch Mor, then forest roads past Altabreac, camped by Loch Leir and through to Forsinard. Bit rough in places but OK on a road tourer. Continued on to Crask via Kinbrace,B871 & B873 to Altnaharra. Might give you a quieter finish than the A ...
by hilloverthehill
16 Jan 2018, 6:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE
Replies: 3
Views: 2252

Re: JOGLE

Hi Peter yes it was a bit of a mission with the short days, though it was unseasonably warm at first. I managed to fall in the Trent and Mersey Canal and had 10 punctures on the towpaths (the autumn hedgecutting left heaps of thorns). If I were to do it again I wouldn't use my road tourer (total nig...
by hilloverthehill
16 Jan 2018, 3:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE
Replies: 3
Views: 2252

Re: JOGLE

Hi Rusty I did a JOGLE in November 2015 and tried to do as much off road as possible (ended up about 35% and most of the rest on backroads). I went down the west side though. I took forest roads across the Flow Country to Forsinard in the far north, Great Glen Way, Ballachulish-Oban railway track, s...
by hilloverthehill
9 Jan 2018, 3:05pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: How do you transport your bike to and from LEJOG?
Replies: 12
Views: 3575

Re: How do you transport your bike to and from LEJOG?

You can get the train to thurso then bike to JOG (I don't think the bus service takes bikes). I finished at lands end and biked to Penzance to catch a train back to Inverness
by hilloverthehill
7 Aug 2017, 9:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE - route feedback
Replies: 13
Views: 3938

Re: JOGLE - route feedback

Take the backroads from JOG through Watten to Loch Mor then the forest roads to Forsinard then link up tp Invershin via B871 &873 to Altnaharra. There's forest roads but OK on a road tourer. Quiet. Alan
by hilloverthehill
29 May 2017, 2:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)
Replies: 5
Views: 6410

Re: Route Choice (Safe Cycle vs Sustrans)

Hi Dave I cycled my own traffic-avoiding JOGLE in Nov '15 (having been hit by a tractor/trailer a year earlier!!), and over a third was off-road. Some of this was grim on a road tourer, especially the canals through the Midlands, but if you're on a MTB or hybrid they should be OK, if a little slow. ...
by hilloverthehill
22 May 2017, 4:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: First timer, anyone want to put me off?
Replies: 10
Views: 9373

Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

You could join warmshower. We regularly host cyclists passing through the inverness area and give them a good feed and free bed for the night.
Alan
by hilloverthehill
11 May 2017, 3:15pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Scotland ESPECIALLY bad for midges this year?
Replies: 17
Views: 11310

Re: Scotland ESPECIALLY bad for midges this year?

Don't let it put you off. They don't like bright sun and hot days, and the lightest of breezes will send them packing. If you're camping try and pick a spot that catches the breeze.
Alan