where to go 2017

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby irc » 10 Dec 2016, 11:55am

Sweep wrote: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, not FB/twatter me me me


And your suggestion for a UK tour is?? :D

I'll suggest a combination of the Western Isles and the highlands.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Heltor Chasca » 10 Dec 2016, 12:25pm

Devon CTC included in a tour of the SW? Loads of Warmshowers hosts.

That said, I think you are missing a trick getting a boat over to Europe. If you are worried about cultural or linguistic 'shock' I can assure you that the NL is one of the easiest you'll come across. Pity their cycle infrastructure is so rubbish

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby ipswichcycler » 10 Dec 2016, 3:03pm

Sweep wrote: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, not FB/twatter me me me


Fortunately we live in a society where people are allowed to speak freely.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby mnichols » 10 Dec 2016, 9:28pm

matt2matt2002 wrote:Morocco.
3 hours or less by plane
Cheap ish
Speak French
No agro.
See you there in April


Hearing lots of good things about Morocco. The Atlas Mountains were high on my list but I moved it down after the problems with Terrorism in Tunisia and Egypt.

I think I need to put it back on the list

Any tips on staying safe, or is it a non-issue?

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby webber » 11 Dec 2016, 5:46pm

im off to germany for a couple of weeks latter in the year so just fancy seeing a bit more of the uk

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby phil parker » 11 Dec 2016, 5:59pm

webber wrote:im off to germany for a couple of weeks latter in the year so just fancy seeing a bit more of the uk


Well, the quietest and nicest roads, in my opinion, are in Scotland and there so so much to do. My favourite camping cycle tours have been in Scotland despite the weather and the midges. The Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, NC 500; I had a great tour of the eastern coastline after changing plans completely because of the weather. After cycling from Fort William to Portree, the weather on the West Coast was appalling, so I cycled to Inverness and followed the coastline around to Edinburgh before cycling through Jedburgh and Alston down to Manchester.

I also go overseas when I can, but there are times when a good tour of the UK is good for the soul. I am going to make a start on the British Cycling Quest next year and hopefully see, enjoy and go camping in some different parts of the UK I've not experienced before.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby mnichols » 11 Dec 2016, 7:15pm

If you want to stay in the UK, I've done a lap of Scotland and Wales, both were great. I'd probably add in the Hebridise if you have the time

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby PH » 11 Dec 2016, 8:09pm

phil parker wrote: I am going to make a start on the British Cycling Quest next year and hopefully see, enjoy and go camping in some different parts of the UK I've not experienced before.

You'll enjoy it. I like the route planning, , I've seen bits of this country I wouldn't have otherwise.
I enjoy a foreign tour, but there's also something about getting to really know your own country and no better way than by bike.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby phil parker » 11 Dec 2016, 8:19pm

Yes, in some ways it's similar to Munroe bagging or Geo Caching in terms of notching up the numbers, except that you can plan all the routes yourself to suit yourself, which I also enjoy. So, I intend to plan 50 - 70-mile routes (as a guideline) from a campsite to attain 2 - 3 answers. I can get most of Wiltshire from home, in 3 rides and 2 of Hampshire, but the others will also let me try some new camp sites and as there's no need to go fast, lots of quiet country roads to enjoy as much of the UK as I can!

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby pete75 » 11 Dec 2016, 9:40pm

webber wrote: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


Read Mike Carter's One Man and His Bike if you haven't already. It's about his trip around the coast of mainly mainland Britain. It'll likely enthuse you and may well give you some ideas for a good month's trip.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Sweep » 11 Dec 2016, 9:46pm

Yes it's a wonderful book.

Will send a longer reply to this thread later - I did type one but it disappeared in the ether.
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Sweep » 11 Dec 2016, 9:58pm

also, I gather mr primrose, who sometimes pops on here, is working on a book about his recent travels around the UK.

If it's anything like his other books it will be excellent

and reassure anyone that there is lots to see in the UK.
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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Galloper » 14 Dec 2016, 2:17pm

You can make up a very nice tour by back to backing the various coast to coast rides, e.g. Rievers Route amd Hadrian cycleway, C2C and Walney to Wear, Way of the Roses and Pennine Cycleway.

I would also recommend getting hold of the Sustrans UK map. This shows all the main routes and when you lay it out, you can see ways to link up a whole variety of rides.

Have fun!

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby al_yrpal » 14 Dec 2016, 5:34pm

I understand why people do E to Es but there are much nicer parts of our Island to enjoy. I agree with Phil the West coast of Scotland and the islands in April, May or September are magic. The views, uncrowded roads and not as hilly as you might imagine… If you can time it with some music festivals even better.

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Re: where to go 2017

Postby Davidwd » 16 Dec 2016, 6:22pm

What about one of the eurovelo routes?