Dover to Durness

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charliepolecat
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Dover to Durness

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Has anyone a route map for this ride: https://www.peak-tours.com/shop/dover-t ... dium=email
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Re: Dover to Durness

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The web site gives you a daily itinerary I don’t think it’s that hard to work out the route. Although with Peak Tours there will be some unnecessary wiggles just to reach suitable accommodation for a group of cyclists.
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Re: Dover to Durness

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I'd like to know if anyone has ridden the route and if so have they a cue/GPS route available.





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No problem, Peak Tours kindly sent me the route sheets.
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Re: Dover to Durness

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There used to be a Dover to Cape Wrath ride, which must have passed close to or gone through Durness - involved a short ferry ride - I've never ridden it, but I wonder if it's still a possibility? - if not I suppose Durness is the end of the road.
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I'm pretty sure the cape wrath ferry still operates, but it's weather dependent. When I was there it was too rough.
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This is a ride I would like to do in preference to LeJoG/JoGLe but to Cape Wrath. For me I would do it unsupported and make my own route which would be 50% of the adventure. Good luck with your attempt. I guess you are planning do it summer 2019?
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charliepolecat wrote: 16 Nov 2018, 9:06pm No problem, Peak Tours kindly sent me the route sheets.
Hi, I don't know if you're still active but if you are, is there any way you could send me the route as well. Thanks in advance! <3
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He was last logged in in September 2019, so unlikely to see this.

You could try a Private Message as that may be linked to his email.
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I rode Dover to cape wrath in 2022.
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albal1 wrote: 10 Jul 2024, 12:18pm I rode Dover to cape wrath in 2022.
That's so cool! Do you have tour data on that? Was it a good route? I'll take what I can get :) And where you bikepacking or staying at hotels/bnbs?
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Warning. The track from ferry to Cape Wrath is VERY rough. It was once tarred, since it leads to MoD firing range, but the tar is very badly broken up, an ongoing process given minibuses run up and down. It also rains. So be prepared to mend punctures in the rain here.
Happily the café at Cape Wrath welcomed me with tea and baked beans, along with walkers finishing the Trail, despite the puddles and the cold. I could not see the lighthouse just outside because it was the same colour as the fog.
Of course if you have just cycled from Dover, none of this will faze you.
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Be aware that the Cape Wrath area is owned by the MoD who sometimes have military exercises going on which may restrict access. When I did it 11 years ago no independent travel (cycling/walking) was allowed; however the minibus from the ferry to the lighthouse was running so I did get to visit the actual Cape. I guess sometimes even the minibus may be cancelled. Anyway, worth doing some research into planned exercises beforehand, if you want to be sure of completing the journey.
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My route included Ness point and ardnamurchan point. It's on crazyguy. A few nights waiting in durness for the wind to ease enough for the ferry to run to get access to cape wrath. It's rough but still rideable. Cold and wet at the lighthouse, nice to get some soup and tea in the cafe tho. Definitely worth waiting to get there. I recommend it.
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