King Alfred's Way

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Jdsk
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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Jdsk » 16 Aug 2020, 9:09pm

From the article linked in the original post:

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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Rich_Clements » 18 Aug 2020, 9:09am

Being the pedant that I am the map with all of the national trails on has a spelling mistake.

Its Fort Augustus rather than Ford.

I have done the first 60 miles of the Great North trail and its great although I was a little under-biked with a gravel bike in places.
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Re: King Alfred's Way GPX

Postby Zulu Eleven » 28 Aug 2020, 11:34am

Route launched today - hopefully the first batch of pre-ordered guide books will have hit doormats today as well

Our guidebook author has produced some videos giving a proper detailed insight into the route and history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne4LbLl0qM8

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Re: King Alfred's Way GPX

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 28 Aug 2020, 12:20pm

GPX is here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/king-al ... -gpx-route . Looks great.

(Zulu Eleven, can you get your website team to make the OpenStreetMap credit on the map a little bigger, please, so it's actually legible? Thank you!)
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Re: King Alfred's Way GPX

Postby Rich_Clements » 28 Aug 2020, 12:24pm

Looks great, I did the section between Avebury and the A34 quite recently on my Gravel bike.
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Re: King Alfred's Way GPX

Postby Sweep » 28 Aug 2020, 6:36pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:GPX is here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/king-al ... -gpx-route . Looks great.

(Zulu Eleven, can you get your website team to make the OpenStreetMap credit on the map a little bigger, please, so it's actually legible? Thank you!)

thanks - from a very quick look the file for the whole route appears to have a fait bit of text in it, whereas the individual bits are rawer - just points.

I'll use/edit the rawer ones - I like simplicity, and my etrex is pretty simple.
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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Sweep » 28 Aug 2020, 6:59pm

must say i fancy doing this as a freecamping circuit in the offseason (rapidly approaching) when the casual junk dumpers will have departed.
From what I have very quickly read of it my 26 inch exped bike with some strong tyres sounds ideal - won't be in a hurry.

For londoners, Reading looks like a good place to join - easily reached via the London/Oxford ncn route.
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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Grldtnr » 29 Aug 2020, 3:44am

Stupid question, could I do it on a recumbent trike

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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Jdsk » 29 Aug 2020, 8:39am

I don't know, and I'd suggest asking Cycling UK and the author of that piece in the Guardian.

Jonathan

PS: Why "stupid"? This forum has a much bigger problem with people asserting things that aren't true than with people who'd like to know more and ask accordingly.

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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Oldjohnw » 29 Aug 2020, 8:45am

As the saying goes, there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.

PS not Jonathan's answer!
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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Jdsk » 29 Aug 2020, 9:02am

Oldjohnw wrote:As the saying goes, there are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.

: - )

... never worry about ignorance, it's stupidity that causes the problems.

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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby DaveReading » 29 Aug 2020, 9:03am

Featured on BBC South news yesterday.

The Cycling UK rep interviewed acknowledged that parts of the route were a bit overgrown.

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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Jdsk » 29 Aug 2020, 9:29am

Grldtnr wrote:... could I do it on a recumbent trike

No lift-over gates, but Kesteven doesn't mention how they do control access.
"What bike is best for King Alfred's Way and other questions"
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Re: King Alfred's Way opens soon ( I think )

Postby Zulu Eleven » 29 Aug 2020, 9:42am

Grldtnr wrote:Stupid question, could I do it on a recumbent trike


I’m going to stress that this is an off-road adventure route designed for gravel/MTB bikes on mainly unpaved paths, ancient byways and Saxon herepaths

I’d recommend watching the detailed videos (our guidebook author, Guy Kesteven, is a professional bike tester and ex-archaeologist) - theres Two hours of video here to see exactly what the trails are like, along with just some of the historical highlights of the route


Day 1: https://youtu.be/Ne4LbLl0qM8
Day 2: https://youtu.be/qXrbavBTxd8
Day 3: https://youtu.be/DZIcQAq79EQ