where to go 2017

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where to go 2017

Postby webber » 6 Dec 2016, 4:10pm

ive got about a month spare next summer so wondering where to go in the uk any suggestions i like travelling light and fast but also fully loaded and looking around maybe end to end with the 3 peaks on the way have thought about abroad but really fancy staying in the uk any help would be greatly appreciated

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby matt2matt2002 » 6 Dec 2016, 5:21pm

Morocco.
3 hours or less by plane
Cheap ish
Speak French
No agro.
See you there in April
2017 Ethiopia.5 weeks.
2018 Marrakech 2 weeks.
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby eileithyia » 6 Dec 2016, 5:23pm

Le-Jog, Cape Wrath - Kent, do the double? Round the coast? Round the coast of Ireland?
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby phil parker » 6 Dec 2016, 6:08pm

Home - End-to-End - Home, with the 3 peaks included!

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby borisface » 6 Dec 2016, 6:15pm

You've got a month so why stay in the UK, which frankly has sh1t weather and about the worst roads for cycling in Europe? Why not get a flight somewhere like southern Italy, Spain or Portugal and cycle home?

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby hamish » 6 Dec 2016, 8:57pm

Has the UK really got the worst roads for cycling in Europe? I love riding abroad but I'd say the UK has some superb touring roads. The lane network in Wales and the SW is brilliant and Scotland has some of the best riding I have ever done..... That's my opinion anyway. I could spend a month riding round The SW, up through Wales, ferry to Ireland, up to Ballycastle, catch the boat to Campbell Town, and explore the islands up to Oban, ferry to Barra, up the Western Isles and cross back to Ullapool or Uig, from where you can explore Assynt and beyond.....

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby borisface » 6 Dec 2016, 9:05pm

hamish wrote:Has the UK really got the worst roads for cycling in Europe? I love riding abroad but I'd say the UK has some superb touring roads. The lane network in Wales and the SW is brilliant and Scotland has some of the best riding I have ever done..... That's my opinion anyway. I could spend a month riding round The SW, up through Wales, ferry to Ireland, up to Ballycastle, catch the boat to Campbell Town, and explore the islands up to Oban, ferry to Barra, up the Western Isles and cross back to Ullapool or Uig, from where you can explore Assynt and beyond.....



Probably more thinking of England TBH. Just so busy and places to stay pretty expensive compared to most of Europe. The weather is poor and motorists seem to hate us...

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby landsurfer » 6 Dec 2016, 9:10pm

Ireland and Northern Ireland coastal circumnavigation .. or .. Northern Ireland and Ireland end to end to end.
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby webber » 7 Dec 2016, 9:09am

hi all thanks for the reply's i like the idea of kent to cape wrath as i live in kent also ireland thinking about kent to cape wrath , jogle with 3 peaks , kent how many miles is that :lol: and of course staying on country roads :lol: did i mention its my 40th as well

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby pwa » 7 Dec 2016, 10:40am

Part of the pleasure of touring is making up your own route. But it is good to have a few pointers if you are going somewhere new. The established long distance routes (Way of the Roses, etc) can give you bits of route that you can stitch together with your own ideas. The Audax UK calendar of events gives you access to routes chosen by people with local knowledge, and from which you can pinch sections that are useful to you.

Ireland, for me, is a paradox. A lovely rural country with lovely people, but with mental drivers. I never feel totally relaxed cycling there.

The UK has loads of great places to cycle. The Yorkshire Dales is one of my favourite areas, though as with other locations you need to pick out the quietest roads where possible. There are cycling guidebooks out there. The flatter areas of Yorkshire give you some relief from the hills, and you have loads of interesting places to visit. Then there is the bleakness of the North York Moors, which can be a real test.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby landsurfer » 7 Dec 2016, 10:49am

40th ... so your just a boy then .... double end to end then .......
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby PH » 7 Dec 2016, 12:26pm

I’ve ridden all over the UK, not all of it strictly touring and some of the best rides have been in the most unlikely places. This country has a fantastic network of small roads, often quiet and reasonably maintained.
I’d just pick a theme of interest and join points together. Or the British Cycle Quest will take you round some interesting places and I'd have fun route finding to get the most from it. It also depends what sort of riding you want to do, At the extremes there’s the high mileage challenge sort of stuff, like a fast E2E, or the touristy tour where it’s about where you go rather than the cycling, of course there’s a thousand mixes between the two but my tours are usually one or the other. I like the idea of doing both, say an East to West as fast as possible, noting places of interest along the way, then at the end plan how to retrace the route visiting them. Whatever you do have a good time.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby nmnm » 10 Dec 2016, 2:27am

Maybe the top of Scotland, Sutherland, via a sleeper north, then over to Orkney for a visit.

But if I lived in south I'd be tempted to grab a ferry, pedal south, fly back from Nice after a month of cakes and quiet roads and a few big name mountains taken at a leisurely pace. Maybe you've done that too often or have other UK-favouring reasons but I can't imagine having too many of the gateaux and that brexit is around the corner, nice to get the most of the place before the paperwork increases.

Went to Wales this year. Nice in some aspects, but too few road options - busy A/B roads or little steep hedged lanes with tractors and sheepdogs and still nippy cars. France is just so handy from Kent too!

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Paulatic » 10 Dec 2016, 7:19am

If you are on the road by the end of a May you could stop off here for a few days
http://www.cyclinguk.org/local-groups/n ... km177-2017
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Sweep » 10 Dec 2016, 11:16am

I continue to marvel at the tendency of some to totally ignore an OPs question.

This is supposed to be a forum of helpful advice ...............
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