FAO Pangolin: London to Edinburgh
pangolin wrote:Any route info would be brilliant. Did you enjoy it?
As promised, details of the route I took. yes, I enjoyed it massively. I rode solo and stayed in youth hostels (which were great). Being a loner I enjoyed the time by myself. It was an incredible experience. It was my first big toyur, bike touring is special because you really get the country under your skin. I found myself in farmers' kitchens drinking tea when all I really wanted was some water from a tap to fill my bottles. I got horrendously lost, and found my way. And I had to abandon my plans which made things even more interesting. Met loads of interesting people. It was great.
Anyways, here is the route:
Day 1: Reading to Stratford
Fairly straightforward easy ride.
Day 2: Stratford to Eyam (Peak District)
This was quite a hard day, a long push with some hard climbs (esp. with fully loaded panniers)
Day 3: Eyam to Malham (Yorkshire Dales)
The hardest day. The relentless ups and downs really took it out of me, as did the headwind. Lunch stop in Hawick made it all worth it.
Day 4: Malham to Keswick
Awesome awesome awesome.
Day 5: Keswick to Kielder
The first part of this route was very nice indeed, but a tyre exploded (from overheating on downhills), so I had to detour to Carlisle to find a new tyre.
Day 6: Kielder to Edinburgh
Relentless rain and floods meant I had to wing it for this route - mostly followed A roads for the last half. Paper maps are essential.
Edit: I used Bikely to make cue sheets (Show > Cue sheet on the menu). These, combined with a simple bike computer work wonders for navigation. Word of warning if you do use mine - there are some lefts and rights that are mixed up!