All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby Paulatic » 1 Aug 2020, 10:02pm

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. :mrgreen:

And if you don’t go through Standish then you can’t get a Butter Pie from Pepper Lane :)
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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby Brianjeff50 » 2 Aug 2020, 6:37pm

I’ve got a couple of route queries. The first is a bit how long’s a piece of string but anyway. Day 1 is about 57 miles to St Breock on the Wimps route. That’s plenty enough for me as I drive down the day before, overnight in Penzance, dump hire car and then pedal down to LE.
But that leaves me barely 50miles next day to the obvious stop at Okehampton. That doesn’t seem quite enough distance even for me - i would have thought I could to 60-70 unless the terrain is very tough (Wimps route still) but I can’t see any obvious overnighter (pub, B&B type). Should I just be grateful for an easy day??

Q2 Most routes go via Edinburgh but Hidswills has just done one via Glasgow then Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen. It’s spectacular scenery but has anyone done it? Glasgow looks a nasty one to get through let alone whether the route is much longer and tougher.

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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby Paulatic » 2 Aug 2020, 7:08pm

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In that heat it was enough :lol:
I'd of thought you could push on to Tiverton though If you want as it must be mostly down hill as looking at those day 2 stats there’s 500 ft of descent to come :D

Getting through Glasgow is quite pleasant if following route7 it’s scenic from Chaterhault onwards beside the Clyde. I think the downside of the West is if you end up on the A82. I last rode Crianlarrich northwards 20 years ago. It wasn’t pleasant then and makes the A9 north of Inverness feel much safer.
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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby Brianjeff50 » 3 Aug 2020, 8:21am

Paulatic wrote:54F5F612-BDF5-4A73-B118-A0B3A0B06236.png
I think the downside of the West is if you end up on the A82. I last rode Crianlarrich northwards 20 years ago. It wasn’t pleasant then and makes the A9 north of Inverness feel much safer.


Yes that’s a big minus - even in September it will be busy with trucks and caravans.

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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby whoof » 3 Aug 2020, 12:41pm

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Brianjeff50 wrote:I’ve got a couple of route queries. The first is a bit how long’s a piece of string but anyway. Day 1 is about 57 miles to St Breock on the Wimps route. That’s plenty enough for me as I drive down the day before, overnight in Penzance, dump hire car and then pedal down to LE.
But that leaves me barely 50miles next day to the obvious stop at Okehampton. That doesn’t seem quite enough distance even for me - i would have thought I could to 60-70 unless the terrain is very tough (Wimps route still) but I can’t see any obvious overnighter (pub, B&B type). Should I just be grateful for an easy day??

Q2 Most routes go via Edinburgh but Hidswills has just done one via Glasgow then Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen. It’s spectacular scenery but has anyone done it? Glasgow looks a nasty one to get through let alone whether the route is much longer and tougher.


There is a Premier Inn in Tiverton and a selection of them in Exeter. For Exeter from Okehampton continue on the old A30 and it takes you all the way there. Then take the B3181 through Cullompton and on to Waterloo Cross where you join the A38.

If you follow the Wimps route this goes through Avonmouth. I think I recall one of them saying this was the worst part of the whole route (or something similar). Perhaps you might want to take a look at Google Streetview of Avonmouth to the Severn Bridge and then do the same going through Hallen, Easter Compton, Pilning and Northwick? (M5 to Lawrence Weston is on a tarmacked cycle path and you can't see it on Streetview).
Edit see above, not Cherry-picking first images I clicked on.

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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby cycleruk » 3 Aug 2020, 5:26pm

Whoof - Avonmouth - I don't know who or why "worst part of the days route? 10 miles of pan flat roads & bike paths. I don't remember any problems with lorries.
Your Halen route though does look interesting. All depends on where Brian is heading for ?
It was our first 70+ miles long day but quite a bit less climbing. The main problem was the heat which was energy sapping. I don't think I have ever drunk as much water. My Garmin recorded a high of 36 Deg' C' that day. 8)
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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby whoof » 3 Aug 2020, 7:50pm

cycleruk wrote:Whoof - Avonmouth - I don't know who or why "worst part of the days route? 10 miles of pan flat roads & bike paths. I don't remember any problems with lorries.
Your Halen route though does look interesting. All depends on where Brian is heading for ?
It was our first 70+ miles long day but quite a bit less climbing. The main problem was the heat which was energy sapping. I don't think I have ever drunk as much water. My Garmin recorded a high of 36 Deg' C' that day. 8)

It was from memory turns out to be Paulic 6th March 1.24 describes Avonmouth as "dire" and says would like to find another way around Bristol.
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If someone is going over to Wales the Hallen route meets up with the Avonmouth one a couple of km short of the bridge if turn left at Pilning. If you are going via Gloucester then it's just straight on to Olverston then up to Slimbridge and on to Gloucester.

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Re: All of a sudden I'm doing a LEJOG

Postby Brianjeff50 » 3 Aug 2020, 8:32pm

whoof wrote:Avonmouth.jpg
Brianjeff50 wrote:I’ve got a couple of route queries. The first is a bit how long’s a piece of string but anyway. Day 1 is about 57 miles to St Breock on the Wimps route. That’s plenty enough for me as I drive down the day before, overnight in Penzance, dump hire car and then pedal down to LE.
But that leaves me barely 50miles next day to the obvious stop at Okehampton. That doesn’t seem quite enough distance even for me - i would have thought I could to 60-70 unless the terrain is very tough (Wimps route still) but I can’t see any obvious overnighter (pub, B&B type). Should I just be grateful for an easy day??


There is a Premier Inn in Tiverton
Thanks for the tip, just booked a room!