V4 and other Brittany and Normandy cycle routes

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.

More information on each of them below:

V4 Brittany Cycle Route - Brittany Cycle Route Roscoff to Mont St-Michel
V4 Brittany Cycle Route – Roscoff to Mont St-Michel
Brittany's Green Ways
Brittany’s Green Ways
Veloscenic - Paris-Versailles-Mont St Michel by Bike
Veloscenic – Paris-Versailles-Mont St Michel by Bike

The Veloscenic cycle route – new guide book

There is a brand new guide book to the Veloscenic cycle route, taking in Paris, Versaille and Mont-St-Michel.

Highly recommended (the route and the guide book!), you can read more about it here:

The Veloscenic cycle route guide book from Excellent Books

Veloscenic - Paris-Versailles-Mont St Michel by Bike
Veloscenic – Paris-Versailles-Mont St Michel by Bike

Pennine Cycleway maps

Having been out of print for many years, Sustrans have just redesigned and reissued the Pennine Cycleway maps.

There are two maps, the first Pennine Cycleway South from Derby to Settle and the second Pennine Cycleway North from Settle to Berwick-upon-Tweed. A fantastic route the length of the Pennines.

Lightweight and on waterproof paper. Thoroughly recommended.

Pennine Cycleway South Sustrans Map
Pennine Cycleway South Sustrans Map
Pennine Cycleway North Sustrans Map
Pennine Cycleway North Sustrans Map

Sustrans South Coast maps

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.

South Coast West Sustrans Cycle Map
  South Coast West Sustrans Cycle Map
South Coast East Sustrans Cycle Map
South Coast East Sustrans Cycle Map

Two new cycle guides: LEJOG and the Cotswolds

Land’s End to John o’Groats on the National Cycle Network from Sustrans finally brings a route that links long-distance Sustrans cycle routes together to make up the iconic LEJOG route.

Click here for more information: Land’s End to John o’Groats on the National Cycle Network

And we have also added the lovely Cycling in the Cotswolds from Cicerone. Team it up with the OS Tour map or the Sustrans pocket maps for a great combination.

Cycling in the Cotswolds Land's End to John O'Groats on the National Cycle Network

New cycle trail to reconnect Lake District

New cycle trail to reconnect Lake District

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.

More information on the National Park website:

http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/aboutus/news/news-pages/new-cycle-trail-reconnects-the-heart-of-the-lake-district

 

UK Cycle Route Planner – new edition

UK Cycle Route Planner – new edition

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.

UK Cycle Route Planner - new edition

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.

Click on the link here to get more information: UK Cycle Route Planner

You can read reviews by clicking below:

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New C2C coast to coast cycle route website

New C2C coast to coast cycle route website

New C2C coast to coast cycle route website

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.

Up to date information is also added to Twitter and to Facebook.

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.

C2C route alternatives

 

 

Brilliant Birmingham Greenways map

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.

Highly recommended.

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.

You can find the map in our shop by clicking here. There you will also see more detail on the content – the canals, the parks etc.

Birmingham Greenways map Birmingham Greenways map area covered Birmingham Greenways map detail

The best cycle route to Ardrossan from Inverness

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!

John, Ardrossan