cycleruk wrote:I mentioned above about local lock-downs in the Lancashire towns. This only involves meeting within groups of people and may effect an overnight stop in B&Bs etc. While out on road I wouldn't expect any problems except if going into shops or cafes.
Puffins route around the Warrington/Wigan area looks interesting as the Wimps route uses the A49 in that area. Perhaps a combination of the routes may give a more pleasant ride. Puffin's route looks to use some canal towpaths and perhaps Puffin can comment on surfaces. I'm personally not a fan of towpaths but generally they don't consist of many hills but can add a few miles and are slower.
PS. As MickF noted sometime, the towns are a source of supplies so can come in handy.
When the Wimps did their ride it was a scorcher and not enough ice-cream shops were available out in the sticks.
And if you don’t go through Standish then you can’t get a Butter Pie from Pepper Lane