ossie wrote:I'd say a lot of NCN routes are cobbled together but it does a job bearing in mind the lack of cycling infrastructure we have to put up with. Don't stick to it religiously but use it in conjunction with something like cycle travel that irons out many (but not all ) of its inconsistencies.
For example I am still quite amazed that I can get from Dorset to Harwich (250 miles ) on a fully loaded bike on quiet roads, cycle paths, canal paths and off road following mainly sustrans routes. (I've done this route four times now ). My main issue isn't the routes themselves its finding camping accommodation along the way.
Some of the routes are absolute gems, some not so however more often than not they will actually deliver you to your destination in some way, shape or form. If you want to get there faster or avoid town centres then plan another route.
That said getting back onto it coming from the Netherlands / Germany is indeed a sobering prospect and just shows how far behind we are
You are right. I have toured in places about which I have no knowledge. I would not have a clue about getting as round. A combination of various sources made it possible. Local knowledge may reasonably think that I got it wrong. But I don't have local knowledge.
Cycletravel is quite good at campsites.