The V4 cycle route runs from Roscoff to Mont St Michel across the north of Brittanny, linking in to a range of other Brittany cycle routes, as well as the Veloscenic cycle route running west Paris and Versailles through Normandy to finish at Mont St Michel.
Sustrans have published new maps for NCN cycle route 2 from Dawlish in Devon to Dover. There are two maps on water-resistant paper, the South Coast West map as far as Brockenhurst in the New Forest, and the South Coast East map continuing through Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.
The Lake District National Park have finished a cycle track that will re-connect North and South Lake District after the December 2015 floods. The road was washed away between Grasmere and Keswick close to Thirlmere. While the road has not been rebuilt yet, there is a brand new and really excellent cycle lane above the road.
There is a brand new edition of the UK Cycle Route Planner from Excellent Books. Updated, with new maps, it is a great way to plan long-distance cycle routes in the UK using Sustrans and other bike trails.
Third edition features include:
* Sustrans National Cycle Network route numbers shown, corresponding with route signage on the ground
* Attractions (stately homes, country parks, museums etc) on or near suggested routes
* New clearer route design
Other routes include regional routes such as county cycle ways and those National Trails on which bikes are allowed such as the Pennine Bridleway and the Ridgeway. Many hundreds of miles of minor road routes are also shown and links to signed cross-channel routes such as the Avenue Verte (London-Paris) are shown so that long distance route planning is also made easy.
Mike Carden, with Richard Peace, the author of The Ultimate Guide to the C2C, is helping to run a new website http://c2c-cycle.com/which has news on parts of the route open or closed as a result of the 2015 floods or forestry work.
Please share links to the site and on social media, particularly important just now, with some riders thinking that the C2C route might be closed after the December 2015 floods. Parts are closed, but there are alternatives, and the website shows where they are.
We have in stock the Birmingham Greenways map, an excellent addition. It shows in full colour and great detail the cycle routes in and around Birmingham and the Black Country, using canal towpaths, riverside paths, parks etc.
It is designed by Roy Watson, who described it to me as a ‘labour of love’ – and you can see that from all the detail, not just of the maps but of the history of the destinations and the photography.
Some hints on a route through western Scotland that sounds very, very good – from John A in Ardrossan:
The best cycle route to Ardrossan from Inverness
Take the A862, then hang a left on to the A833, that comes out at Drumnadrochit, halfway down Loch Ness. This avoids the very busy A82. Then link up with a trail at Strone to Invermoriston & join the Great Glen there. This off road route will take you all the way to Fort William, avoiding the manic A82 & possible road rage.
In Fort William there’s a new Travel Lodge, with Brewers Fayre below, superb value. From Fort William head south on the A82 for around 14 miles, then take the A828 to North Connel, then A85 to Oban, so you only suffer The A82 for 14 miles.
From Oban head south on the A816 & I recommend booking ahead at the Kilmartin Hotel, very friendly & good value. From Kilmartin it’s only 50 miles to Ardrossan via Arran, 2 ferries, 1 from Claonaig to Lochranza & the other from Brodick to Ardrossan, hey presto, great trip.
Distance for this route is around 200 miles of breath taking scenery, well worth the effort.
Hope this info can be of benefit to fellow cyclists – enjoy!