Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

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ossie
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Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

Postby ossie » 18 Jun 2019, 9:24pm

https://cycle.travel/

I know Richard posts on the Touring forum but am wondering if anyone on here has used his site to plan a LEJOG / JOGLE. I'm not time dependent and have previously used the site to get from Dorset to Harwich ferry ,then down to Switzerland and back up the Loire..also for quite a few French tours but sticking to Eurovelo routes which tend to be quite well established . The UK part was quite enlightening but more importantly consisted of some hidden gems. That part took 4 days and covered 256 miles, was mainly off road, cycle paths, canal paths,quiet roads....my hope is that the theme continues countrywide.

Doing a simplistic route I'm seeing 986 miles, so 20 days or so fully loaded at 50 miles per day ? Of course I need to return back to the south of England so giving it welly in parts I could do a return in just over a month or so.

Early ramblings but might forego my European tours to see whats on the doorstep, July/ Aug.

I guess I'm asking if anyone has done it 'slow and easy' and any recommendations (massive subject I know)

Richard Fairhurst
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Re: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 19 Jun 2019, 9:03am

I just did a quick search of people's saved cycle.travel journeys with "LEJOG" in the title and there were 500 of them - obviously lots of these are multiple stages, but even so there's easily a couple of dozen LEJOGs in there!

Its default route looks fine: as with any LEJOG there's the challenge of getting through the Warrington/Manchester area, but interestingly the recent towpath upgrade on the Bridgewater Canal means cycle.travel now chooses to go that way. Watch out near Tewkesbury because it does like to take the lovely little ferry across the Severn which isn't always running. It's only a three-mile detour via Mythe Bridge if not, or alternatively you could always just wait at the Lower Lode Inn, which is one of my favourite pubs anywhere. :D

As you say, it will choose quiet roads in preference to faster ones - so no A30 etc. Cornwall/Devon will be inevitably bumpy but nothing too horrendous - the default route has a haul into Tiverton but you can of course drag it to follow the fabled Rob's Passage.

There's an account of someone who rode (part 2 of) a LEJOG using cycle.travel on CGOAB: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... 17693&v=CV

If you do it I'd be delighted to know how you get on!
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Re: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

Postby PH » 19 Jun 2019, 10:49am

Richard Fairhurst wrote:as with any LEJOG there's the challenge of getting through the Warrington/Manchester area, but interestingly the recent towpath upgrade on the Bridgewater Canal means cycle.travel now chooses to go that way. Watch out near Tewkesbury because it does like to take the lovely little ferry across the Severn which isn't always running. It's only a three-mile detour via Mythe Bridge if not, or alternatively you could always just wait at the Lower Lode Inn, which is one of my favourite pubs anywhere. :D

Not any LEJOG :wink:
People think you have to follow the Western route without realising how little extra distance doing something different adds. More so over 20 days where giving yourself an extra 5 or so miles a day allows you to take just about any route you want as long as you're still heading North and not zig zagging. You may even find that by missing so much of the urban riding and maybe some hills, a longer route is quicker for the touring cyclist. The likes of cycletravel make it so easy to experiment, for example - take the standard route and add the Humber Bridge as a via point, that'll certainly miss the Manchester area and adds about 100 miles, or 5 a day over 20.
Here's an approximation of the route I took, ridden before I had access to online mapping and GPX. I don't offer it as recommendation, the criteria was my own, but it is an example of how much freedom you have to ignore the conventions.
https://cycle.travel/map/journey/109861

Richard Fairhurst
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Re: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 19 Jun 2019, 1:04pm

Good point! I experimented a while back with finding a route that minimised climbing while still staying off busy roads, and that turned out to be an east coast one: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/33522
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charliepolecat
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Re: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

Postby charliepolecat » 19 Jun 2019, 2:47pm

Thanks Richard. Finally a cue sheet route map for those of us who are GPS averse. :roll: :lol:

ossie
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Re: Anyone done a LEJOG using cycletravel

Postby ossie » 19 Jun 2019, 5:25pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:I just did a quick search of people's saved cycle.travel journeys with "LEJOG" in the title and there were 500 of them - obviously lots of these are multiple stages, but even so there's easily a couple of dozen LEJOGs in there!



Cheers Richard, I was unaware of the search function, will delve deeper into the site. Many thanks.