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by Les Reay
21 Apr 2013, 2:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Best and worst towns
Replies: 0
Views: 441

Best and worst towns

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by Les Reay
8 Jan 2013, 8:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Northumberland
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: Cycling in Northumberland

Chatton Park Bunkhouse is an excellent independent hostel not far from Route 1 and is a good base for seeing some of the best of the northern part of the county. Be sure to visit Holy Island.
by Les Reay
29 Sep 2012, 9:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyne Tunnel
Replies: 6
Views: 2103

Re: Tyne Tunnel

It's OK, the council has created a new river crossing for cyclists ...
by Les Reay
2 Sep 2012, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inner Hebrides tour
Replies: 22
Views: 6696

Re: Inner Hebrides tour

The beauty of Scotland is that you can wild camp in a lot of places, including many areas on the Inner Hebrides. Apart from that, here are some suggestions: On Arran, there is a fairly basic site near Brodick, just off the road over to the west coast, and this is likely to be open. Also, the camp si...
by Les Reay
23 Aug 2012, 2:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Beware ScotRail
Replies: 13
Views: 15118

Re: Beware ScotRail

Thinking about it, I guess the best approach in such circumstances is to stay polite and calm but insist that you have a valid ticket and bike reservation and therefore intend to stay put. Pointless, though, if you are standing on the platform!
by Les Reay
22 Aug 2012, 7:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Beware ScotRail
Replies: 13
Views: 15118

Re: Beware ScotRail

Interesting points. But would, for example, a guard on an East Coast train in Edinburgh accept their word that they had been refused legitimate travel and allow them on without valid tickets? And what if all the bike places were taken?
by Les Reay
22 Aug 2012, 6:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Beware ScotRail
Replies: 13
Views: 15118

Beware ScotRail

The following happened to two friends of mine recently. After a week spent touring with me around Mull, they stayed a night B&B in Oban, having paid for tickets the next day to travel with ScotRail to Glasgow for their connection to Newcastle. They had also reserved places for their bikes in the...
by Les Reay
6 Jul 2012, 3:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North Sea cycle Route
Replies: 2
Views: 2801

Re: North Sea cycle Route

Here's another option. When I set off to do the NSCR several years ago, I decided to miss out Sweden and get the Hirtshals to Kristiansand ferry. I stopped in the campsite at Kristiansand and the friendly manager there advised me that a much more interesting and scenic ride was to forget the coastal...
by Les Reay
14 Apr 2012, 4:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mallaig to Oban
Replies: 19
Views: 4798

Re: Mallaig to Oban

Has anybody ever attempted the rough track across the northern part of the Ardnamurchan peninsula? This would mean from Shiel Bridge, heading west and skirting Kentra Bay then maybe about 8 miles to the road at Ockle and south to the Kilchoan – Tobermory ferry. I've looked at this closely on the exc...
by Les Reay
25 Mar 2012, 10:57pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: good campsite for ireland tour please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: good campsite for ireland tour please.

Thanks, I'll remember that for my next visit – maybe next year. My map is 7.5 miles to the inch which saved weight on carrying stuff but didn't give me enough detail to follow the very minor roads, so I ended up getting lost a few times (like a lot of others touring the Republic :? ). It's a pity th...
by Les Reay
25 Mar 2012, 9:12pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: good campsite for ireland tour please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: good campsite for ireland tour please.

Well, I hope that both of you publish accounts of your tours so that I can get some ideas for my next visit in that direction!
by Les Reay
25 Mar 2012, 8:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: good campsite for ireland tour please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: good campsite for ireland tour please.

That would have helped. I researched some info on the internet and marked some on my map but found it difficult to plan each day's ride to end up in the right place – strong winds etc. I guess I was optimistic in expecting to find sites spread out at nice intervals, but plan B was always to camp wil...
by Les Reay
25 Mar 2012, 6:47pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: good campsite for ireland tour please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: good campsite for ireland tour please.

Map - I bought a Collins touring map of the whole of Ireland (north and south) before the tour and used it to plan a rough route. Unfortunately, it doesn't show campsites but the map which did was only for the Republic.
by Les Reay
25 Mar 2012, 6:43pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: good campsite for ireland tour please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: good campsite for ireland tour please.

I always work out a rough route and never book anything in advance. Then, when I'm getting tired, I look out for a campsite sign and ask local people. The only real difficulties finding a site in Ireland was the north-west, but folk seem friendly enough to direct you to suitable places. I would have...
by Les Reay
25 Mar 2012, 7:28am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: good campsite for ireland tour please.
Replies: 14
Views: 1111

Re: good campsite for ireland tour please.

Hi jags, don't let me put you off, my tour last year wasn't as bad as it looks, it's just that it was wet and windy all the time I was in Ireland. Also, after years of traffic-free cycling in Europe, I wasn't ready for the Irish roads, so perhaps a bit over-critical – overall, it was a good tour (es...