Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

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CafGriff
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Re: Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

Postby CafGriff » 5 Mar 2014, 6:34pm

Now YOU know that next week THAT issue is very definately going to change and all the heavens are going to empty ALL of it's load .... on me and my little Ridgeback mountain bike ... don't you !!! :D
I'm home alnight Lovely if you want to swap thoughts and directions ... or knoitting patterns? .... or receipies??!! Ha!! :o
No not really!! it's 18,30hrs now and I'm attempting to feed into my Smart Phone the planned cycle routes onto a newly found app called ... Maverick. It may take some time :oops:
SHINE ON MOONBEAMS !!!!

cycloret
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Re: Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

Postby cycloret » 5 Mar 2014, 6:54pm

Your original route is in part covering similar ground to my 2010 Lejog though I went via Arran. I bypassed Dumfries but that meant crossing the A75 dual carriageway near Collin. I had no problem at all and would do it again, though another CTC member has cautioned against crossing here. Look on Streetview and decide for yourself.

I used parts of routes suggested by Phil Hosley's in his book "Land's End to John O'Groats". On the way to Sanquhar where we stayed the night, I cycled on some quieter roads than you've chosen. The following morning from Sanquhar I took the A76 because the previous afternoon I missed the right turn into Sanqhuar and cycled an unnecessary circular loop. Though the unclassified road to the south west of the River Nith is featured in Phil Horsley's book, from Sanquhar the A74 has my vote.

I didn't go through Kilmarnock but your plan might give a slightly less complicated route through Irvine than mine.
Day 11 Carlisle to Sanquhar http://www.bikemap.net/route/627860#
Day12 Sanquhar to Lochranza http://www.bikemap.net/route/628392#
Michael's 2010 LEJOG
http://www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk/index. ... &Itemid=93

irc
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Re: Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

Postby irc » 5 Mar 2014, 9:18pm

LollyKat wrote:True. However I wonder how well the GGW is being maintained since the Forestry Commission gave up promoting it, preferring trail centres instead:

The trails will provide a higher quality alternative for mountain bikes than the former Great Glen Cycle Route. The Cycle Route will be withdrawn this year (2006) and it should be stressed that the new Trails WILL NOT BE A LIKE FOR LIKE REPLACEMENT. Although it will be possible for mountain bike riders to pedal between each facility, the Trails will not be promoted as a connected route. (source)

I'd like to know if it is rideable at the moment with a hybrid, or even a tourer with 32mm tyres.


The key section is Clunes - Kilfinnan. Only 6 miles. Other than one hill it is pretty level. How bad can it be? After that use the B road to Laggan, the A82 to Oich Bridge then the canal bank to Fort Augustus.

Here's a pic from Oct 2013.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3735821

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LollyKat
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Re: Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

Postby LollyKat » 5 Mar 2014, 9:28pm

Thanks for posting that, irc - that's very encouraging. I had visions of trying to do this in the pouring rain:

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(from loafer's post)

I have fairly wide tyres but not very knobbly ones.

irc
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Re: Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

Postby irc » 5 Mar 2014, 9:32pm

LollyKat wrote:Thanks for posting that, irc - that's very encouraging. I had visions of trying to do this in the pouring rain:


I have fairly wide tyres but not very knobbly ones.


No when they say they aren't maintaining it the worst issue on the Clunes section would be a rutted surface. The route is the main access road through the forest so it isn't going to get overgrown or abandoned. Here's a page of GGW pics from 2013. All looks fine.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=47439315

dai_t75
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Re: Thoughts on this route though Scotland.

Postby dai_t75 » 15 Mar 2014, 5:02pm

Day 7 - a cool 465 miles? :P

Your route is very similar to the one we did. I would definitely recommend the B road after Fort Augustus. To be honest the few days before getting there had been flat so we were quite happy to have a decent climb :twisted: The views at the top are def worth it, plus you get to free-wheel downhill for a good few miles after it!

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You say you are trying to go scenic - why not head North East after Largs and go through the national park to Gourock? Again some excellent scenery:
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