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Plans for next year - a long distance England, Wales and Scotland challenge

simon h 06 Sep 22:28  

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Hi, just wondered if anyone has done a long distance route from England to Wales then up to Scotland. I'm considering doing the pennine cycleway next year @ 355 miles. As an alternative I'd like to come up with a road route similarish in length combining England, Wales and Scotland (not necessarily in that order).

Would love to hear suggestions from any fellow cyclists

Cheers

Simon

happy 07 Sep 17:40  

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That sounds like an epic cycle!!

I think the issue with country to country routes anywhere in the world is enivatably what seems like the shortest route will be the worst and too busy.

You would be best breaking the route up into sections and asking advice about each bit.

Have you managed to get any further with it since this post?

My Latest Route: Oct 2010 Livingston to Ayr Avoiding A71

rustyspoke 07 Sep 19:13  

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I have done a few long distance rides my advice would really spend time planning it.
Also as other reply says consider doing it in blocks.
Route prepartion is the key.
Also get your traing in if you already ride between 30/50 on a traing run then just up that a bit and vary the routes dont work on speed just endurance, as that is what you will need for a ride of this sort.


simon h 09 Sep 10:22  

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Thanks for the replies. I'm a regular rider and should be ok with 70 mile a day for a week or so. I'd like to start from my home in Derby heading for Wales via NCN routes 54 and 5 and then up to Scotland via Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster, Penrith, Carlisle and finishing at Gretna. Does this sound achievable?

Simon


dudley 09 Sep 10:58  

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how about doing 'the west coast'
start in Cornwall or Devon, along, up into Wales, round the coast - nip into Snowdonia, across the top, head north, into Dumfriesshire, Arran, Oban, Mull, SKye. You can finish at Kyle of Lochalsh for the train home, or keep heading North.

bound to be some good bits in that lot, and you can always skip a leg on the train if it gets a bit urban / grimey / Northern.

My Latest Route: Nov 2009 Forth Estuary Circular

Martin O 20 Oct 12:27  

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Hi

I just finished a 420 mile cycle. I started in Cardiff and finished in Glasgow

Day 1 . Cardiff to Leominster via hereford

Day 2. Leominster to Chester via Shrewsbury and Whitchurch

Day 3. Chester to Lancaster via Birkenhead, Mersey Ferry, Prmskirk and Preston

Day 4. Lancaster to Gretna Green via Kendal, Shap, Penrith and Carlisle

Day 5. Gretna reen to Glasgow via Ecclefechan, Johnstonebridge,Beattock. Abington and Hamilton


BusterG 21 Oct 15:36  

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Martin O. Wow! That is going some! 84 miles a day.
did you do it supported? through b+bs
Well done.


My Latest Route: Oct 2013 Liss

Martin O 27 Oct 16:29  

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Booked into local hotels mostly premier inn or travelodge

Just me and my bike for first 3 days.. and full pack

For remaining 2 days, I cycled alone byut met family at end of each day , and cycled with just a day pack containing puncture repair kit etc.


Martin O 27 Oct 16:29  

Joined: 20 Oct 2013

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Booked into local hotels mostly premier inn or travelodge

Just me and my bike for first 3 days.. and full pack

For remaining 2 days, I cycled alone byut met family at end of each day , and cycled with just a day pack containing puncture repair kit etc.


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