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Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 7:46am
We were planning on staying at a campsite when we got to Tongue, to find (in 2004) that our map was out of date and it had shut 3 years previously. B&B in the Ben Loyal Hotel saved the day!

Pete.

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

22 July 2015 - 7:22am
When I cycled the whole of the British coast I found more than half the hostels I tried to stay in were fully booked, and mostly by pre-booked groups (and who were generally only using some of the beds, so there were bed spaces available, which was the most annoying aspect). Tongue was one of the these, so i never got to savour its delights (I stayed in the Betttyhill hotel instead, which was actually rather wonderful).

If you've just got to Tongue, I hope you cycled down to Torrisdale and Skerray on the way, they are like a mile or two of the Home Counties strangely isolated on the exposed north coast. Heading west from there you now have the best cycling in Britain, down the full length of western Scotland, so I hope you enjoy it fully. I also found the friendliest and most helpful b&bs were all in western Scotland.

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

22 July 2015 - 5:39am
And I am off! Embarking in roughly 11 hours and arriving Thursday Morning!

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:32pm
From Crewe,

I would suggest the Route 82 from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury. You could ride that from your doorstep or cut some off by train if the mileage is more than you would like. If the mileage isnt enough then go a little distance on the leg down towards Cardigan.

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:25pm
sorry , should have said. I am in crewe so no problem catching trains to and from .

Thanks guys- this has given me food for thought-- I like the sound of the Anglian trip

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:12pm
Where are you, and are you relying on trains to get you to the start and home from the finish? How about Land's End-Bristol for a hilly three days? Or maybe start in London or Southend or somewhere else in Essex, and work your way up and round along the quiet lanes on the East Anglian coast for as long as time allows. Loop round and finish at Norwich or Kings Lynn if you need to catch a train back. Or tour the east coast from Hull to Newcastle via the North York Moors?

Re: ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 11:10pm
I did a lovely three day tour last month - train to Abergavenny , NCN42 over Gospel Pass to Hay-on-Wye. Up the Wye valley to Builth Wells, NCN43 to Llanwrtyd Wells, up the Irfon Valley into mid Wales for an overnight in Dolgoch bunkhouse. Sort of retraced my steps, as I forgot the map, but could have made a circuit of it. Lovely part of the world and the Gospel Pass is a must for the five mile descent into Hay.

ideas for a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain

21 July 2015 - 10:46pm
We were going to do the Lon Los Cymru but don't really have the time this year, so can anyone suggest a 2 or 3 night tour in Britain, besides the Coast to Coast trips (done over the last 2 years and needing something different )

Thanks in anticipation

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

21 July 2015 - 10:42pm
LollyKat wrote:Bitter irony indeed - commiserations. Are you going in the same direction as the others? You don't want the same thing to happen again.

Hope you feel better in the morning.

Hiya, nope I am going anticlockwise and getting the Kintyre express to ireland from Campbeltown. I am ok but just felt drained today nothing a good nights sleep and a rest day won't cure!

Re: The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

21 July 2015 - 10:32pm
Bitter irony indeed - commiserations. Are you going in the same direction as the others? You don't want the same thing to happen again.

Hope you feel better in the morning.

The Great Tour of Britain - What Bitter Irony :-)

21 July 2015 - 10:08pm
I am 18 days into my own tour, I am cycling around the entire UK and Irish coast, it's been a tough day today and I had decided to take a rest day tomorrow. I booked into the Tongue hostel which is lovely and had planned to spend the day resting and updating my blog. When I enquired about staying for tomorrow the lady said unfortunately it's booked out to an exclusive group. When I went outside I noticed there was the great tour bus, I asked her if that was the exclusive group and she said yes.

How ironic, I am on my own self supported touring the entire UK and Irish coast and I have to move out because I have bumped into the great tour, I asked if I could camp and the lady said it would be ok as long as I didn't come inside.... so now I will have to search for somewhere to stay tomorrow... or I may just move on to my next stop and rest their instead... no room at the inn... I am feeling tired so probably not fully getting the humour of the situation.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

21 July 2015 - 10:03pm
mercalia wrote:
You cant leave it like that? whats wrong with Lourdes?

1) I cycled into Lourdes from the west - the breeze was from the east - I could smell Lourdes 10km away - what seemed to be 90% of the Travellers in southern europe were camped immediately to the west of Lourdes by the river - the sewage system didnt seem to be able to cope - I cannot think of Lourdes without remembering the smell

2) And probably the main reason - I dont tend to avoid the commercial hot spots - I like to see the good, the bad and the ugly of a country - but I dont think I have ever been quite so appalled by the crass commercialisation of a town

Re: Canal du Midi towpath

21 July 2015 - 9:21pm
That's really helpful, thanks. Anyone know anything about the stretch between Carcassonne and Narbonne?

Re: yet another touring bike

21 July 2015 - 9:18pm
Wonder if this is Salsa'a attempt to chase the Surly DT? My daughter likes the blue and green though!

Re: Palace of Versailles

21 July 2015 - 9:08pm
Yes you can ride your bike in most of the gardens

Re: yet another touring bike

21 July 2015 - 8:59pm
I like the look of it but why, when they've made the decision to fit disc brakes, do they fit something cruddy like bb7's? With bar end shifters surely hydraulics are an option (as per trek 920) without recourse to expensive hydraulic brifters?

Palace of Versailles

21 July 2015 - 8:10pm
We would like to visit Versailles Gardens on our route from Paris back to Cherbourg. Does anyone know if it is permitted to ride your own bikes throughout the Gardens or, if not, is there any safe storage for bikes at the entrances?
Thanks

Re: Touring - worst fear?

21 July 2015 - 7:48pm
maxglide wrote:hounds.

I thought it was just me. Believe it or not, dogs are one of the biggest considerations, giving me qualms regarding a possible E to W trip across Turkey.

If I was going to Turkey that would be my biggest fear. A tourer on Crazyguyonabike was seriously injured by a dog attack in Turkey.

Warning - post contains fairly graphic text and pic of inury.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=273087

But for my tours bike theft is a main one followed by fear of bears when camping solo in grizzly areas. The odds are very low with proper precautions but the feeling of not being top of the food chain persists.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

21 July 2015 - 7:38pm
Or this when daytime temperatures are at 45+

https://vimeo.com/38267443

That, " I should make a video incase they find my body here in a couple of weeks" moment

Re: Touring - worst fear?

21 July 2015 - 7:14pm
I'd rather tear my own head off than go back to Brussels . . . . .

No redeeming features - not any ! The Mannequin Piz really IS the highlight ( which says it all ).

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