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by cidermartin
19 Jul 2012, 10:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pennine Cycleway
Replies: 16
Views: 5932

Re: Pennine Cycleway

1. Derby to Hebden Bridge is 102 miles. Flatish to near Buxton then the hills start! 2. I used the Sustrans 1:100,000 maps and had no major issues. It was difficult getting out of Derby but once I found the first sign I was OK. Some urban signage had been moved/modified by the locals for their 'enjo...
by cidermartin
14 Jun 2012, 4:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: NCR1 Berwick to Edinburgh
Replies: 3
Views: 2853

Re: NCR1 Berwick to Edinburgh

I used this one last September. Excellent facilities including a kitchen with a microwave and kettle. Top quality, eating/restuarant, pub opposite site. Craigesk, Midlothian EH22 4TP. It is near Lothianbridge, not fat from NCN1 0131 663 6120 http://www.caravancampingsites.co.uk/midlothian/lothianbri...
by cidermartin
30 Sep 2011, 9:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Tour of the Pennines
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: A Tour of the Pennines

What you need is the Sustrans route from Derby to Berwick-on-Tweed. This route is absolutely fantastic although challenging in places with lots of climbing and many miles of quiet roads through beautiful contryside. Most consider it easier to travel from Derby upwards due to the hills being gentler ...
by cidermartin
26 Aug 2011, 9:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Manx Cat does the End to End :)
Replies: 24
Views: 2651

Re: Manx Cat does the End to End :)

I am also beginning to pack panniers in preparation for next week. This video was just the thing. Just completely thing right thing for me right now. Thank you.
by cidermartin
15 May 2011, 10:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Help with Routing for JOGLE
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Re: Help with Routing for JOGLE

That looks a very good place to stop for refreshments. There was something vaguely similar that I encountered cycling from Derby to Ashbourne at the start of the Pennine cycle way. This was at Ashe Hall, Etwall, at was fantastic, so anyone planning to ride the Pennine route make a note of it.
by cidermartin
11 May 2011, 9:02am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Help with Routing for JOGLE
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Re: Help with Routing for JOGLE

I'm planning to use the B7007, B709 route. Bit of work getting to Carrington/Temple/Middleton to start the route. However, once on the B709 it runs all the way to Langholm, approx 21 miles north of Carlisle. The plus points of this route is the easy of following it once you get onto the B7007 and th...
by cidermartin
25 Apr 2011, 12:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train
Replies: 50
Views: 5651

Re: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train

Despite all the gloom and doom on this thread, I too have never had any problem travelling on a train with my bike. I have completed many long-distance tours, all starting with a train journey. However, what always concerns me that at no time have I ever been asked to show my cycle reservation. If t...
by cidermartin
23 Apr 2011, 9:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train
Replies: 50
Views: 5651

Re: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train

Basically I always follow the train company's policy: a reservation for my bike. I usually have a ticket for that specific train (because it's cheaper) and therefore cannot get on the next train. Surely the train company has a legal contract, or whatever the expression is, with me and if they fail t...
by cidermartin
22 Apr 2011, 6:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train
Replies: 50
Views: 5651

Re: The basics of taking a bike on a UK train

I had a long conversation with a train driver whilst sat on a train to Cornwall. He said that train managers are supposed to apply the company policy of, say, two cycles only. The problem of allowing more than the allocated cycles on his train only becomes acute when an 'inspector' boards the train ...
by cidermartin
4 Mar 2011, 5:16pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: using a Etrex Legend Hcx for JOGLE
Replies: 26
Views: 1990

Re: using a Etrex Legend Hcx for JOGLE

My penny's worth! What frustrated me was the Etrex suggesting an alternative route when I deviated from the loaded route (from Mapsource which works faultlessly with the Garmin). This resulted in two routes showing on the screen with no idea which was the original route and which was the alternative...
by cidermartin
10 Feb 2011, 9:18am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: routes through Liverpool
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: routes through Liverpool

Phil Horsley's "Land's End to John O'Groats" has several routes for this area. I am planning to use one of them. If you contact the council at Runcorn or Widnes they will send you a cycling map of the area (this is what I did, I also did so for Preston and received two excellent maps). Mar...
by cidermartin
2 Dec 2010, 7:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Transport to John'O Groats
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: Transport to John'O Groats

Thanks, Mick, My problems if that although I initially plan to do JOGLE alone I am not getting vides from my son that he would consider it too. This makes transporting two biks and booking spaces on trains less easy. Yes, I need to get hold of a pallet; there are lots on an industrial estate I cycle...
by cidermartin
30 Nov 2010, 7:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Clockwise or Anticlockwise?
Replies: 83
Views: 8190

Re: Clockwise or Anticlockwise?

Clockwise will mean that you will have the sea on your left side and will therefore view it without having to look across the traffic. Easier to stop and get off for rests and etc.
by cidermartin
30 Nov 2010, 6:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Transport to John'O Groats
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: Transport to John'O Groats

Mick F, I was aware that you put your Chopper onto a palet and have it in my tentative plans. However, a chopper is a considerably smaller than a conventional 700C tourer and I am wondering if the latter would actually fit on a pallet wihout having to take it completely apart (which, I suppose is no...
by cidermartin
17 Nov 2010, 4:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Kara-Kum 2009 Women's Touring Bike
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: Dawes Kara-Kum 2009 Women's Touring Bike

My wife bought one of these in the summer and really likes it. Initially she wanted a drop handlebar bike, but was not able to buy a bike with a short enough reach for her height (she is 5'4"). She tried a Claude Butler Regent and Dalesman but, although the frames with OK height wise they were ...