10 day route advice.

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samparker
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10 day route advice.

Postby samparker » 3 Apr 2012, 9:57pm

I've come up with a route, was looking for some advice for any obvious mistakes i've made. Or really nice sections i've missed out. Anything anyone can offer would be appreciated. Thanks

penzance > lands end > penzance > tavistock
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1030980

tavistock > weston super mare
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031011

weston super mare > ludlow
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031031

Ludlow > warrington
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031045

warrington > windermere
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031054

windermere > selkirk
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1031063

selkirk>blairgowrie
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1049177

blairgowrie > carrbridge
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1043320

carrbridge > helmsdale
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1049035

helmsdale > jog > wick
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1043315

samparker
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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby samparker » 4 Apr 2012, 11:51pm

I'm becoming worried that taking taking the A93 and A939 through the cairngorms could be a mistake. Would I be better to go via the old A9?

irc
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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby irc » 5 Apr 2012, 1:39am

samparker wrote:I'm becoming worried that taking taking the A93 and A939 through the cairngorms could be a mistake. Would I be better to go via the old A9?


Depends if you want scenery or speed. The old A9 has more evenly graded hills but the presence of the new A9 running nearby some of the time detracts slightly from the experience. If time was of the essence I'd go the old A9 though.
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samparker
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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby samparker » 5 Apr 2012, 12:30pm

Cheers for that, I'll probably knock together both routes and if we're really knackered on that day we can go on the old A9.

ANy other advice on the route in general would be appreciated as well.

irc
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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby irc » 5 Apr 2012, 1:07pm

samparker wrote:Cheers for that, I'll probably knock together both routes and if we're really knackered on that day we can go on the old A9.

ANy other advice on the route in general would be appreciated as well.


The A93 and A939 is a nice route with a feeling of remoteness and pretty low traffic especially the A939. Pretty straightforward though. Regular places to stop for food. Spittal of Glenshee., Braemar. Tomintoul. There is usually a cafe open at the Lecht ski area. Most of the way the road is twisty enough that it stops cars doing silly speeds. The visibility of cyclists to drivers is goood too as much of the route is through heather moorland without and roadside trees blocking sightlines. A nice road to cycle.


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The descent to the north from the Lecht.


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The reascent going north at Bridge of Brown between the Lecht and Strathspey.
No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby Mick F » 11 Apr 2012, 2:10pm

Do you need to come to Tavistock?
Lovely gorgeous town, but not on the best route. A390 is difficult and hilly, and not the best route out to Okehampton either. If you want to stay in Tavy, all well and good and don't let me stop you coming!

If not Tavy, try heading northwards onto the A39 for Wadebridge and Camelford, then A395 towards Launceston but turn off via Egloskerry to come into Launceston from St Stephens. Take the Old A30 out via Polson, Lifton, Lewdown and Sourton for Okehampton. Much easier and flatter route than the A390.

From there, you're ok, but do not forget about "Rob's Passage" to get you away from the Cadbury Hills on your way between Crediton and Tiverton.
http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course. ... rse=228070

If you do want to use the A390, we have a Dobwalls Bypass and a Liskeard Bypass. Your route takes you on them. Nasty bits of road for a cyclist. Please take the old A38 though Dobwalls village and follow it down to Moorswater and up Old Hill into the back of Liskeard and through the town onto the A390. The modern roads are truly awful.
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby SJXT » 13 Apr 2012, 9:28am

Re the day north from Windermere - I'm assuming you realise the Kirkstone Pass you've taken over to Patterdale is a first order toughie? Great if you are up for a British col experience with amazing views (Lake District weather permitting).

On the other hand, if you want an easy pass north still with good views, just head up the A road through Grasmere (dead flat) and over the low pass to Thirlmere - the gradient here is negligible in comparison. The minor roads north from here via Threlkeld to Carlisle are on the journal I posted the other day, and are swift and direct.

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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby tim_f » 13 Apr 2012, 9:35pm

Re the day from Windermere.

I would stop the night in Kendal instead and follow the A6 over Shap a long but steady climb with not much traffic.

If you are going to stay in Windermere I think kirstone is worth it for the experience if you are up for the climb.

Note that the closed YHA in Kendal has re opened as an independent hostel.

Tim - Kendal resident.

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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby Ron » 15 Apr 2012, 1:50pm

On your last day consider following the A99 at Latheron and turn left at Occumster just north of Lybster, then Camster, Watten, B870, B876, Lyth, Brabster, Gills. This knocks a few miles off your route and takes you on more pleasant roads for cycling, although with a few more turns may be a little more challenging from the navigational point of view. :)

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Re: 10 day route advice.

Postby indy » 15 Apr 2012, 3:32pm

Just looking at the route you took and noticed that your one of the very few people I've seen that regularly completes 100 miles a day. Was it your intention to do this sort of mileage?