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England!(18 posts)

Oct 12, 2001 7:12 AM
With all the support we are getting from them, I would like to return the favor by spending some hard earned cash there. Can anyone point me in the direction of some cycling tours or cycling vacations? Maybe something that you can recommend.

Sure - tell memuncher
Oct 12, 2001 7:17 AM
How long/far?

When (time of year)

What sort of ride (hills/flats/mix)

What sort of bike (mtn/tour with luggage/no luggage)

How long/many miles a day do you wanna do

Anywhere you particularly want to see/go?

And I'll help you out.
Sure - tell mejbrown2036
Oct 12, 2001 7:27 AM
Maybe something like 7 to 9 days around 6 or 7 hundred miles. Spring would be nice with a good mix of terrain, and I'd like to have luggage dropped at hotels. Or, maybe a central location surrounded by great rides. I don't really have any specific sights to see, so I'll leave that to the professionals :).

Thanks for your help.
Sure - tell meMJ
Oct 12, 2001 8:06 AM
I wouldn't even consider doing a UK tour other than between mid-May and Sep. - it can still be cold and nasty then too

a good central base for riding is the Lake District (very hilly) - book early for summer it fills up quick

a reccomended supported tour (there are a number of operators) is the Coast to Coast (from Carlisle to Sunderland - hilly) - the B&B's along the way cater for the cyclists - hope there's no return of foot and mouth (make sure your travel insurance covers it/the operator will refund if necessary) I would try and include the spur up to Hadrian's Wall (the northermost extension of the Roman Empire, the wall was built to keep out those nasty Scots by - you guessed it - Hadrian) and possibly to Kilder

you could always do the mother of all UK rides - John O'Groats to Land's End - northern most point in UK to southern most point in UK - don't know about support on that one - but I'm sure it can be arranged and that there are tour operators - I'll have a lookseeround

maybe Muncher will have some thoughts on Scotland/Wales which are also more than worth a visit - will probably be less crowded than the Lake District as well

remember that as we are long way north the summer here means the days are incredibly long - you can cover some serious distance in daylight...

this is the cycling club - but we're at the other end of the country

London is worth a visit on a bike for a very serious dose of nasty urban cycling - there's a very special feeling riding a bike past St Paul's, Westminster, Parliament, along the Thames and all the other great sights, buildings and architecture - plus you get to do it all on the left!! - make sure your hotel will allow your bike inside - I would never lock it up outside if you want to see it again

for a London insight
Also, see (Touring Club). nm.muncher
Oct 12, 2001 7:19 AM
re: England!MJ
Oct 12, 2001 7:25 AM
yep - there are a few board members based in the UK - with some trip specs we'll sort you out - maybe you could fit in a club ride with us when you're over
cool, sounds great!! NMjbrown2036
Oct 12, 2001 7:29 AM
Oct 12, 2001 7:59 AM
What do you think of this area?

Oct 12, 2001 8:11 AM
it's very pretty and quintessentially English - it's the English idyll with crumpets and high tea to boot - and close to Avebury/Stonehenge both worth a visit if you're in that neck of the woods - it's not very big for serious miles - but there are some great loops and good scenery
re: England!madbadger
Oct 12, 2001 8:27 AM
Try Dartmoor in Devon, SW England. But only in the summer!
Beautiful hills & wooded valleys, loads of pubs, bed & breakfast accomodation, hotels, hostels, you name it. Also empty roads with few cars. I lived & cycled there for many yrs & still miss it. email me if you like.
re: England!metty108
Oct 12, 2001 8:28 AM

As you maybe aware England is currently undergoing
an outbreak of foot & mouth disease. So this has
limited the amount of places to ride (especially off
road or cyclocross). But hopefully when you come over
it will have gone.
I can recommend the Lake District for awesome scenery
and hills, plus you could probably do a tour of the place
in 7 days, that would be pretty cool.
End to End. Ideas anyone?MB1
Oct 12, 2001 9:09 AM
Miss M and I have been looking at John O'Groats to Lands End. We would probably try to do it in 10 days riding time. Any thoughts?
the end to end does seem interesting!jbrown2036
Oct 12, 2001 9:17 AM
especially if there are some side trips to some of the other places mentioned. hmmmmm
Here is a site. Still like some thoughts though.MB1
Oct 12, 2001 9:22 AM
Here is a site. Still like some thoughts though.MJ
Oct 15, 2001 4:45 AM
general UK cycling tours site

quite a few sites on the end 2 end JOG - LE (possibly the most helpful site - lots of other links)

enjoy - keep us posted - maybe I could ride a leg or two with anybody making the journey...
re: England!eoind
Oct 12, 2001 2:19 PM
For sheer stunning scenery, I don't think there's anywhere in the UK that can compare to the Scottish Highlands. Once you get to Loch Lomond, (just north of Glasgow), and start heading north towards Ranoch Moor, Glencoe and Fort William, you can't look at anything but stunning hills and lochs. The further north you go, the quieter the roads will be. If you can make it as far as the Isle of Skye, then you will be rewarded with, what I believe is, the most beautiful part of the British Isles. I've never cycled in Scotland, (just driven, hiked & climbed), but if it's beautiful scenery you're after, you can't beat it.
Totally agreeJohnG
Oct 13, 2001 2:23 PM
Also, I would like to encourage my fellow Americans to patronize the English bike companies. Please support those who support us!!!

Totally agreeMJ
Oct 14, 2001 11:59 AM
for a great steel frame builder try -

be warned customer service is lacking - but the product is great (my review and a picture of my custom cross bike are on the cyclocross board)