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Land's End to Bristol route

domcarrdomcarr Posts: 85
edited April 2019 in Tour & expedition
Hi all

I'm looking to do Land's End to Bristol in a onener....any advice on routes, preferably quick but avoiding as much A30 as I can???

Thanks

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  • domcarrdomcarr Posts: 85
    Thanks
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,628
    This will get you to Exeter (one or two obvious blips on route) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2807417

    And this will get you to Bristol: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12337996

    A bit wiggly, but mostly reasonably fast and pleasant riding. Just do not go on the DC A30. A motorway in all but name, with no hard shoulder.
  • domcarrdomcarr Posts: 85
    This will get you to Exeter (one or two obvious blips on route) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2807417

    And this will get you to Bristol: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12337996

    A bit wiggly, but mostly reasonably fast and pleasant riding. Just do not go on the DC A30. A motorway in all but name, with no hard shoulder.

    ~That's great, thanks. When yo say 'a bit wiggly', do you mean lots of country lanes? I want to stay off dual carriageways and such but I need a pretty direct route to do it in one day. What do you reckon?
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,628
    domcarr wrote:
    This will get you to Exeter (one or two obvious blips on route) https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2807417

    And this will get you to Bristol: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12337996

    A bit wiggly, but mostly reasonably fast and pleasant riding. Just do not go on the DC A30. A motorway in all but name, with no hard shoulder.

    ~That's great, thanks. When yo say 'a bit wiggly', do you mean lots of country lanes? I want to stay off dual carriageways and such but I need a pretty direct route to do it in one day. What do you reckon?
    No, hardly any lanes - I think I took about 8 hours with stops on a hot August day to Exeter, and about 5 hours to Bristol, with a tailwind. I don't do long distances on country lanes if I can help it, especially when solo, as I just want to ride and not be stopping to check the map, or be riding along gravelly lanes and avoiding potholes. The 'wiggles' are to avoid the DC A30 and suchlike, or silly-but-avoidable hills.
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,628
    BTW, if you need any more convincing to avoid all parts of the DC A30, here's a video I did on an average day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiN7xQeyjRA

    The 'old A30' really is a delightful road, and runs very close to the new one for much of the way.
  • domcarrdomcarr Posts: 85
    BTW, if you need any more convincing to avoid all parts of the DC A30, here's a video I did on an average day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiN7xQeyjRA

    The 'old A30' really is a delightful road, and runs very close to the new one for much of the way.

    That’s great - many thanks. We’re doing it on the longest day (21 June). Leaving 3am...hope to hit Bristol by 7/8pm!
  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 7,628
    domcarr wrote:
    BTW, if you need any more convincing to avoid all parts of the DC A30, here's a video I did on an average day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiN7xQeyjRA

    The 'old A30' really is a delightful road, and runs very close to the new one for much of the way.

    That’s great - many thanks. We’re doing it on the longest day (21 June). Leaving 3am...hope to hit Bristol by 7/8pm!
    Rather you than me! Do check the details of my route - there might well be odd blips that RWGPS has inserted that I didn't ride - I navigate on old fashioned maps and my memory rather than following a GPS course religiously.

    At least the day will get easier after Exeter - it's pretty flat from thereon. The only bit of unpleasant road on that part was the short stretch of DC on the A38 going north out of Bridgwater, but you can ride on the parallel path there for about a mile - no pedetrians at all when I was there.
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