Page 5 of 9

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 11 Apr 2019, 9:38pm
by Paulatic
Jamesh wrote:Just reading your marvelous lejog journal Paul :D

You went via Abington rather than the route suggested above?
Any reason why?

Cheers James

Mainly because Carlisle to Abington has only one big hill (Beattock Summit) along the route. It’s probably the easiest route available. There’s a 12 yo girl en route at the moment she came that way yesterday and has made the Forth today. Also a campsite at Abington fell in around the right distance. Look at record attempts they use Abington or the A701 Beef Tub. viewtopic.php?t=120240&start=540

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 8:51am
by Jamesh
Just been Looking at trains from wick to Leeds £163!!!

Has anyone tried the coach?

Stagecoach - Inverness city link - Edinburgh?

Can you get bike on the coach?

Then train Edinburgh to Leeds £36

Logistics is worse than riding!!!

Cheers James

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 10:36am
by 1982john
Jamesh wrote:Just been Looking at trains from wick to Leeds £163!!!

Has anyone tried the coach?

Stagecoach - Inverness city link - Edinburgh?

Can you get bike on the coach?

Then train Edinburgh to Leeds £36

Logistics is worse than riding!!!

Cheers James


have you tried breaking the journey down into seperate tickets? It can make a big difference (or at least did for me)

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 12:39pm
by Paulatic
I found that journey £75 https://seat61.trainsplit.com/

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 1:22pm
by Jamesh
That site wouldn't play ball for me will try later.

Cheers James

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 3:03pm
by charliepolecat
I looked at Hertz rental cars from Wick to Leeds airport, it comes out at about 130 pounds. Pretty pricey.

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 5:25pm
by 1872sandy
Hi I was wondering if anyone had converted the route to an excel cue sheet I could get sent please

Jamesh wrote:
charliepolecat wrote: . . . . . Anyway, If I can crave your indulgence again, if you have taken the esteemed Mick's route and converted it into an excel cue sheet, would you mind PM'ing it to me please? I should already have his GPS route somewhere, but I think I've lost it. :(

I haven't but that's a good idea I will do so nearer the date. I like to use villages as waypoints and snack points!!
Cheers James

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 14 Apr 2019, 11:17pm
by irc
Jamesh wrote:Just been Looking at trains from wick to Leeds £163!!!

Has anyone tried the coach?

Stagecoach - Inverness city link - Edinburgh?

Can you get bike on the coach?

Then train Edinburgh to Leeds £36

Logistics is worse than riding!!!

Cheers James


I got a Wick to Glasgow for £30. Trick is to book on the day cheap fars go on sale around 11 weeks out. Some websites let you set up e-mail alerts. Biggest issue is booking fast enough to get a bike space.

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 2:39pm
by RickH
Wick to Glasgow advance tickets can be had for around £30 or so, depending on date, (Inverness to Glasgow can be had for less than £20) & Glasgow to Leeds seem to be from around £20. The tricky bit is really getting as far as Aberdeen as there aren't very many trains, beyond that there are a lot more.

From this side of the Pennines I've picked up advance tickets to Glasgow (from Wigan or Preston) for around £10 each way, even only a couple of days ahead of travel.

John O'Groats Bike Transport might be an option (if a somewhat pricier leg of the trip) to get to Inverness if you can get on a shared trip (for £60) right from Jo'G.

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 6:08pm
by Jamesh
I'll go to the train station tomorrow and report back.
Otherwise the bike courier chaps it may well be.
I could fly back via Belfast for £70!!!

Cheers James

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 7:36pm
by Paulatic
Jamesh wrote:I'll go to the train station tomorrow and report back.
Otherwise the bike courier chaps it may well be.
I could fly back via Belfast for £70!!!

Cheers James

I’m not sure that going to train stations gives you best value. Also some tickets can not appear because they are sitting in someone’s basket then released later.
Today’s attempt
59D6B18E-5578-4135-8A43-19E426A06D60.jpeg

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 10:39pm
by Jamesh
Can you get bike reservations using that website?

Cheers James

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 15 Apr 2019, 10:52pm
by charliepolecat
Another thought to overcome/beat the whole getting to and from issue, is to do the think in halves.

The Lake District seems to be about halfway and this is an area with lots of transportation options. So, starting of from say Kendall/Penrith location (due west of Middlesborough (Ugh!)) ride north to JoG, then return to starting point.

Another time, do the opposite. Start from Kendall/Penrith and ride to Penzance and back.

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 16 Apr 2019, 8:01am
by Paulatic
charliepolecat wrote:Another thought to overcome/beat the whole getting to and from issue, is to do the think in halves.

The Lake District seems to be about halfway and this is an area with lots of transportation options. So, starting of from say Kendall/Penrith location (due west of Middlesborough (Ugh!)) ride north to JoG, then return to starting point.

Another time, do the opposite. Start from Kendall/Penrith and ride to Penzance and back.


Living fairly close to half way, until the Wimps opportunity came along, I’d decided on this strategy. In my head though I wasn’t starting from home just riding to the start :D

Re: Mick F route fast but safe.

Posted: 16 Apr 2019, 8:40am
by Jamesh
I would love to have the the time to do that! :D :D
But present circumstances prohibit doing so with 4 kids.
However I want to do it whilst my dad is still alive.

Perhaps I can get one of my kids interested when they are older!

Cheers James