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Route advice to Santander in summer.

Discussion in 'Touring and Expedition' started by Polite, 11 Jan 2017.

  1. Polite

    Polite Senior Member

    My end point is Santander (to Portsmouth) at the end of August. I have a maximum 3 weeks, alone with my touring bike, to get there. I was thinking of Marseille to Santander but I'm not the most creative person.

    I would love some suggestions. Happy to do 70 miles a day, more or less if need to.

    Hope to hear, looking forward to ideas.

  2. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    Plenty of time....

    see here for www.jmhr.com my various trips covering some of these areas

    My comments would be

    • if flying to Marseille, go to Montpellier instead. Coast from Marseille to Montpellier is not inspiring. Or start from Avignon
    • Avoid the eastern end of the Canal du Midi. Anywhere east of Castelnaudary is terrible surface (rutted single track). West of there (from about 10km west of Castelnaudary onwards is tarmac)
    • Foothills of Pyrenees offer endless choice
    • Main cols are there if you are keen
    • Personally I would stay on the French side for many reasons and cross over on the Atlantic side
    • Download maps.me onto your phone - superb app
    • Buy an out of date Michelin atlas on Ebay like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/France-20...070409?hash=item3d2eaca109:g:GkQAAOSw241YXjso and rip out the pages you need
    • This site great to get municipal site info http://www.camping-municipal.org
    • My best site was the one on this page https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1M2&page_id=458927&v=4y - worth a detour and get them to cook for you!
  3. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    Detour into Picos de Europas before Santander.
  4. Brains

    Brains Veteran

    if you like hills .....
  5. Polite

    Polite Senior Member

    Maybe UK to Nice, Nice to Avignon then Avignon to Santander?
  6. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    Bit of a long way to go in 3 weeks