North Downs Way

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Zulu Eleven
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Re: North Downs Way

Postby Zulu Eleven » 16 Nov 2018, 8:28pm

MikeF wrote: You don't need flagship trails to encourage people into the countryside.

That’s not what the data suggests
There are plenty of roads around and many people including me cycle them.

Maybe they’re not trying to cater for people like you?
After all it's not the countryside people want but more of a playground

That’s not what the data suggests
Far more needs doing to enable people to cycle on roads

Agreed, but it’s an irrelevance, Not everyone wants to ride on roads.
without too much diversionary effort put into trails. They are just diversionary to the real problems of cycling and just pandering to those who want to see cyclists cleared from the roads that important motor cars use.

Again, not everyone wants to ride on roads, it’s a complete irrelevance to what many riders want - however I suggest that if you want to pursue that argument then you might be better telling everyone what a disaster for cycling segregated infrastructure in urban areas has been before trying to oppose improved connectivity in the rights of way network and the expansion of a programme of National trails that currently have up to 1/3 of all recorded users riding bikes on them.
Having gained all that height why go down to Oxted and then up Pitchfont Lane which is a steep rough track (BOAT)?
lots of people think going up and down steep rough tracks is quite enjoyable.

Overall, I think the broad message I’m attempting to convey here is that you appear to be mistaking what you like/think as representative of what other people, or cyclists in general, want or need. These routes clearly aren’t suited for you, that doesn’t mean that they’re not popular or needed

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LinusR
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Re: North Downs Way

Postby LinusR » 28 Nov 2018, 10:38am

The North Downs Way is also featured on pages 36-42 of the December 2018/January 2019 edition of Cycle magazine.

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Re: North Downs Way

Postby zenitb » 3 Jan 2019, 10:27pm

This looks great .. thanks for all the effort going into it. I am local to Farnham so will have to try the first section at least ...

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Re: North Downs Way

Postby mellon farmer » 6 Mar 2019, 8:48pm

I will be riding between two of my sister's houses, one near Farnham and the other in Reigate, would this be rideable on my Genesis Croix de Fer? I have ridden the Granite and Gears from Burrator to Princetown in Dartmoor so not adverse to some rougher stuff, my other option would be my Surly Krampus. I will also be riding the Downs link to the south coast to see my other sister which I have done on mt CDF a few years ago fully loaded.

this will be June. July so hopefully dry conditions but you never know!

Thanks for any feedback given.

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LinusR
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Re: North Downs Way

Postby LinusR » 6 Mar 2019, 11:45pm

mellon farmer wrote:I will be riding between two of my sister's houses, one near Farnham and the other in Reigate, would this be rideable on my Genesis Croix de Fer? I have ridden the Granite and Gears from Burrator to Princetown in Dartmoor so not adverse to some rougher stuff, my other option would be my Surly Krampus. I will also be riding the Downs link to the south coast to see my other sister which I have done on mt CDF a few years ago fully loaded.

this will be June. July so hopefully dry conditions but you never know!

Thanks for any feedback given.


There's a useful report in Cycling Weekly about choice of bike. The writer states:

"It was only really on a few potions (sic) of day one – from Guildford to Burham – where my adventure bike choice proved to be a disadvantage. Roots, large rocks and technical drops got in my way – but then on an adventure ride no one is in a hurry, so the mountain bikers just waited – as I did atop of the road climbs where their hefty suspension weighed them down." https://www.cyclingweekly.com/routes/south/search-gravel-bike-adventures-englands-green-pleasant-land-396116