Ok where do i start?

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Chris-H, 17 Aug 2012.

  1. Chris-H

    Chris-H Über Member

    Location:
    Bedford
    Myself and the mrs are getting married next year and we have had a chat about honeymoon.we're no into going abroad etc and the mrs has said she wants to ride to Yorkshire and back for our honeymoon from Bedford.This was great news as its something that we both enjoy.
    Now the problem we have is..........how the hell do we plan our route avoiding the A1M M56 etc etc,having never planned a cycling route like this one before and never having held an os map we just dont know where to start.We have until next october to prepare the full holiday and once we have planned the route we'll then look at things like B&B etc.Is there a web site or anything that we could use to help find a safe route,the mrs does'nt have a huge amount of confidence in traffic and busy roads? Cheers in advance.
     
  2. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    www.maps.google.com - use the pedestrian option then it picks quiet roads. You might have to break the journey into shorter sections. The cycle option might work, I have a vague recollection that it sort of works.

    www.viamichelin.co.uk has a cycle option each part of the journey has to be less than 200km

    Hope that helps

    Vernon
     
  3. WhiteWolf

    WhiteWolf Regular

    Location:
    Gloucestershire
    Hi Chris

    I know this might be a crazy mad idea, but why not avoid roads all together and use the canal network. You are going to have an abundance of canal-side BnBs. Just a thought.

    Here's a link to the network

    Regards

    Andy :bicycle:
     
  4. middleagecyclist

    middleagecyclist Call me MAC

    The suggestion above are good ones and you could also try Bikehike for ideas as well. I would add though at some point you will have to contend with short sections of busy roads on such a journey. Getting some road cycling experience over the next year would help you plan the most effective route IMO. Hope the prep goes well.
     
  5. middleagecyclist

    middleagecyclist Call me MAC

    Oh. I should also add look at the Sustrans site as well. If you can work out a route to Derby and pick up the Pennine Cycleway and the Transpennine Trail then you have a ready made, signed and mapped route for you both.
     
  6. avalon

    avalon Veteran

    Location:
    Australia
    OS maps are also a great source of information when planning a trip. (it's the way we did it before the internet).
     
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  7. Tiberius Baltar

    Tiberius Baltar Active Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    All the suggestions above are great and you will find you use a combination of sources for your planning but at the end of the day the 1 : 25.000 scale OS maps will be your best source of info. They contain everything you need and clearly show the cycle routes and canal networks. Start off slow, buy the map that surrounds your home and plan day rides until your confidence builds up enough to plan larger excursions. You'll be surprised how quickly you get used to spotting routes after your first few rides!
    Plus some of the nicest pubs and B&B's I have found was when I was "lost" :thumbsup:
     
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  8. alans

    alans black belt lounge lizard

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    All the above stuff is helpfull.
    Additionally between now & your honeymoon,buy an OS Landranger map of your local area (or see if your local library has a copy of same).Read it in the comfort of your home.Pick a short a circular route begining at your home & ride whilst refering to the map.
    Repeat at regular intervals using longer routes to places of interest shown on themap:tongue:ubs,castles,villages which may have tea & cake shops,towns with shops that may be relative to any other hobbies you have etc etc.
    This will give you practice & confidence at map reading, route planning & learning what your comfortable maximum daily distance might be.
    Then you will be suitably experienced to plan a multi-day tour for your honeymoon.
    hth
     
  9. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Google maps has a cycle route planning option now and suggests this for Bedford to York!
     
  10. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Veteran

    Having ridden Bedford-York before I have GPX files for my route, quite happy to send you copies if you can handle them, likewise you can have them in Memory Map format.
     
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