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by Richard Fairhurst
21 Feb 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Churches - interesting
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Churches - interesting

When cycling up the west coast of Scotland last year came across Applecross church , very simply done but beautiful in a spectacular setting . Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula is like that, and it has the R.S. Thomas connection of course. Best visited out of season (or early/late in the day) as the ...
by Richard Fairhurst
19 Feb 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5308

Re: Royston Woods - A Safer Way - Who has actually done it ?

Resurrecting an old thread:

I see Royston Wood has a Facebook page where he's posting photos from his current LEJOG: https://www.facebook.com/LEJOGCycleGuide

With the best will in the world, given some of the paths he seems to have chosen, I'm not sure I'd necessarily trust his route advice...
by Richard Fairhurst
19 Feb 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Churches - interesting
Replies: 35
Views: 776

Re: Churches - interesting

If you're ever out in our little bit of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Shorthampton church, just west of Charlbury, is magical. Medieval wall paintings and an extraordinary sense of peace. There are pictures online but it's better to discover it for yourself. I do like a ride to a cathedral, too. Last E...
by Richard Fairhurst
19 Feb 2019, 8:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: % Gradient sometimes shown
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: % Gradient sometimes shown

It doesn't do it for long routes (roughly 80 miles and over). If you split into shorter routes it'll be fine. (Basically it's because retrieving elevation is a fairly processor-intensive operation, and the more it has to fetch, the more load it puts on the server. I might increase the limit at some ...
by Richard Fairhurst
17 Feb 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Least hilly Lejog route ?
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: Least hilly Lejog route ?

I plotted this route a while back which keeps total climb down to 7800m. It's not the shortest (1084mi) and it follows quiet roads rather than A roads, but the general corridor might give you some ideas. You could reduce the climb still further if you were prepared to follow major roads - using the ...
by Richard Fairhurst
15 Feb 2019, 1:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands Trains/London North Western
Replies: 22
Views: 1322

Re: West Midlands Trains/London North Western

Modern train tech has definitely made a massive difference to the comfort of stopping service trains, apart from some of the truly appalling rolling stock some northerners have to put up with. ...much of which is getting replaced this year, as I understand the appalling Pacers and single-car Sprint...
by Richard Fairhurst
13 Feb 2019, 12:35pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cyclists killed riding LeJog
Replies: 16
Views: 3308

Re: Cyclists killed riding LeJog

Just wondering, are there any statistics recording how many - if any - cyclists have been killed on the road riding LeJog. If there are - and have been - none, then in spite of all the dire warnings of the reckless nature on drivers, riding LeJog may not be any more dangerous than riding on a vehic...
by Richard Fairhurst
12 Feb 2019, 8:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Has the forum hit rock bottom?
Replies: 118
Views: 4598

Re: Has the forum hit rock bottom?

100% that - it's something I've seen done on a lot of forums and means that newcomers, occasional visitors and others are spared the more vituperative debates on Brexit etc. Often it's a user-settable preference, which I'd suggest would default to "no Tea Shop". Other than that the forum s...
by Richard Fairhurst
10 Feb 2019, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham to London via the canals.
Replies: 10
Views: 1020

Re: Birmingham to London via the canals.

Trains will be fine if you take London Northwestern Railway or Chiltern Railways. If you go by Virgin you'll need to book a bike space. Personally, from central Birmingham, I'd actually start by cycling south along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton. Then turn east along the Stratf...
by Richard Fairhurst
10 Feb 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 30
Views: 2209

Re: Google Maps

I think probably the same thing as the last ten times you posted it Mick. :lol: Slightly more seriously, I do know why it's doing that, and it's to do with estimated traffic levels on the A road. cycle.travel is penalising the steep climb on the minor road as it should, but it's giving a harsher tra...
by Richard Fairhurst
9 Feb 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?
Replies: 125
Views: 13473

Re: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?

Absolutely - a lot of the fine-tuning that's gone into the routing over the years has been a result of "I wouldn't go that way... why's it choosing that?". And frequently it's ended up suggesting better routes than the ones I'd taken beforehand!
by Richard Fairhurst
8 Feb 2019, 5:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?
Replies: 125
Views: 13473

Re: Your touring plans for 2019 - make me jealous?

I'm planning to ride halfway across France this summer, from Caen to a friend's house near Le Puy en Velay. (I was going to start at Saint Malo, but on the day I want to travel, Brittany Ferries are doing their exasperating "we won't sell you a bike space on this sailing because we'll get more ...
by Richard Fairhurst
8 Feb 2019, 12:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Google Maps
Replies: 30
Views: 2209

Re: Google Maps

(Though my enjoyment was tempered a little in the rain this morning...!) Google only has bike routing for selected countries. You could argue that's a lucky escape for the rest of the world. (To be fair, Google engineers live in Californian cities, and their urban Californian routing is pretty good ...
by Richard Fairhurst
4 Feb 2019, 10:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Advice on Food and Snacks
Replies: 25
Views: 2294

Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

The cycling in France is great but sailing past an open shop thinking it is too early & then finding nothing open when you are hungry can take the edge off the enjoyment a bit. One day, early on the Channel to the Med ride, we decided around 11:30 we'd stop for lunch at the next place we saw - ...
by Richard Fairhurst
4 Feb 2019, 8:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Jack Taylor (Ladies) - Where to sell?
Replies: 21
Views: 2355

Re: Jack Taylor (Ladies) - Where to sell?

thirdcrank wrote:This page tells you where to find the serial number and is a record of what's known.

http://www.blackbirdsf.org/taylor/serials.html


Thanks for that link. I must look up the Jack Taylor tandem sitting in my mum's garage...