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City to Essex

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by ChrisKH, 12 Sep 2007.

  1. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I've posted this before on C+ but not really got much of a response. I used to think my commute into London was longer than it actually is, so haven't cycled. I did a Google map today and a work to home car ride is 32 miles which is eminently achievable by bike in the evening once or twice a month, even by me.

    Thing is, a good proportion of that trip will be on the A13 which I rarely use, but I do know it's 70mph in places and more like a motorway. Does anyone know if the A13 is a viable route from London, City to Essex on a bike or do I need to switch to another (potentially longer) route (say A12, A127)? Any comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I have used the A13 on the way back from the London-Southend. Both myself and another cyclist opted to use the path next to it, if that tells you how it was. Fast, scary, and you have the danger of crossing high-speed sliproads.

    I'm sure there must be lots of country lanes you could use as a better option?
     
  3. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Which is what I thought BM. The problem with country lane routes is knowing them (and the additional distance). I can probably get back via country lanes from Upminster, so it's just a case of working out a route to there.
     
  4. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I would suggest going on ACF and asking there - Nutty and Fatters should have a clue or two, amongst others. I'm sure you could find a decent route that didn't add very much distance at all.
     
  5. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I spoke to Nutty about this a couple of years ago and he was asking me for a route! I think I've worked something out. I can (reasonably) take the A13 to Barking/Dagenham and I know the backroads from there. Works out at 32 miles which is achievable for me on a Friday night if I leave early enough.