Good place to base myself for days out in UK

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Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby No1goldenchild » 18 Feb 2019, 3:30pm

Hi there

I'm looking for recommendations for a somewhere in the UK to be base myself, the aim is to stay in one location and go out for rides each day for around a week. The rides can be anything between 50-100 miles a day.

So, where has a good choice of medium to challenging routes? Probably looking to go around June/July.

Many thanks.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby PDQ Mobile » 18 Feb 2019, 3:43pm

Porthmadog in N. Wales offers a lot of varied routes and terrain. Some long traffic free ones.

And is close enough to England and Wales's highest peak!
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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Paulatic » 18 Feb 2019, 3:44pm

For me it would be Penrith. From there you can reach Scottish Borders, Northern Pennines, Lake District, Cumbria, Howgills, and Yorkshire Dales.
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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Tangled Metal » 18 Feb 2019, 3:47pm

Kendal for me. You've got lakes through to Arnside, dales, howgills and Bow fell within reach plus a short ride to oxenholme and you're on a mainline station for an out and back linear ride for a challenge.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby thirdcrank » 18 Feb 2019, 4:08pm

Have a look at Settle and Skipton.

Be aware that the school holidays in England begin around 26 July this year and if you are not tied to school holidays they are best avoided for both price and availabilty of accommodation

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Tangled Metal » 18 Feb 2019, 4:15pm

What about somewhere near the Llwyn peninsula? You've got down the coast, up the coast, into the peninsula, Anglesey and into the Snowdonia national park too.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby foxyrider » 18 Feb 2019, 4:50pm

Rather than a specific place i'd consider a couple of things before making a choice.

Firstly terrain - the Yorkshire Dales are great but not if you prefer gentle climbs, somewhere on the coast could be nice but restricts your direction options somewhat. So consider those elements.

Getting there - worth considering, the LLyn peninsular is very nice but not the easiest to get to without your own transport.

For my tuppence i'd look at maybe Lincolnshire - there are hills if you want, stay on the wolds and you have full 360 degree choice of ride directions, its quiet and pleasant with a wide variety of attractions.

Alternatively the Vale of York will put you closer to hillier terrain but it is busier and IME more expensive than Lincs. The Yorkshire Wolds (Beverley for example) are a bigger version of the Lincs examples.

You could just use the map and pin method!
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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby pwa » 18 Feb 2019, 5:03pm

foxyrider wrote:<SNIP>

Vale of York area sounds a good idea to me. Harrogate might be a good base. Easy to get to.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby gbnz » 18 Feb 2019, 5:59pm

pwa wrote:<SNIP>

Have to admit I'd agree to the Vale of York, though further North than Harrogate (Northallerton, Richmond, Bedale). Superb flat and/or rolling rides down the Vale of York, up into the Yorkshire Dales, or over to the North York Moors, Howardian Hills . Lincolnshires fantastic, but not quite the variety or intensity of landscape. And while I love the Lakes, it's not somewhere I'd base myself for cycling - busy, cramped roads, expensive accomodation, limited range of landscape.

And I'm biased; if this brief warm, dry spell continues, I may pop down on the train to Northallerton tomorrow or Wednesday, head over to the Lakes via the Dales, prior to heading back home via Alston/Tyne Valley (Nb. Not all in one day!)

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Steve » 18 Feb 2019, 7:44pm

Knighton, Powys

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby PDQ Mobile » 18 Feb 2019, 7:51pm

Tangled Metal wrote:What about somewhere near the Llwyn peninsula? You've got down the coast, up the coast, into the peninsula, Anglesey and into the Snowdonia national park too.

I think s/he means Llêyn Peninsula!

My Porthmadog suggestion is an excellent base for that too!!

Knighton, Powys, suggested above, has some beautiful places near it too.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby brynpoeth » 18 Feb 2019, 9:22pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:
Tangled Metal wrote:What about somewhere near the Llwyn peninsula? You've got down the coast, up the coast, into the peninsula, Anglesey and into the Snowdonia national park too.

I think s/he means Llêyn Peninsula!

My Porthmadog suggestion is an excellent base for that too!!

Knighton, Powys, suggested above, has some beautiful places near it too.

Clun for example, in England :?
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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Bonefishblues » 18 Feb 2019, 9:36pm

Steve wrote:Knighton, Powys

Or Hay, a little bit further south.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Tilley » 18 Feb 2019, 9:39pm

Try Bristol, good connecting cycle routes to the Mendips, Cotswolds, South Wales, Cheddar, Wells, and the Somerset levels.

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Re: Good place to base myself for days out in UK

Postby Cunobelin » 19 Feb 2019, 6:30am

pwa wrote:Vale of York area sounds a good idea to me. Harrogate might be a good base. Easy to get to.

I thought that there was an age barrier in Harrogate... you need to be at least 80