Having ridden end to end three times, for my latest cycle venture I tied something a bit different – Cycling from Side to Side.
Cycling from Coast to Coast is probably the second most iconic UK cycle. I decided to start at the most easterly point, Lowestoft, and cycle via London to Wales most westerly point, St David’s (which is also Britain’s smallest city).
Having tried out Google’s routing for end to end I decided upon Sustrans routes for the side to side. I followed Regional Route 30 for a few miles to pick up National Rout 1 to London and then National Route 4 took me the rest of the way to St David’s.
It should have been a great ride but I seemed to set out with a troll on my shoulder. He was a right pain and wouldn’t stop nagging the whole way.
The entire contents of the book are on the website coast2coastcycle.com. [You will find a lot of the content on the planning pages virtually the same as the content here – there is no point re-inventing the wheel:)]
Here is the cover blurb:
Travel with Royston Coast to Coast (C2C) across the UK as he does battle with the route and an annoying troll. Not only does the troll keeps reminding him, every pedal stroke of the way, how hard things are and how everything is going to go wrong but he keeps whispering about trains and how much easier they are on the legs.Setting out from Lowestoft with an eight day cycle in front of him, Royston was woefully unprepared. His mission was to cross the country from its most easterly point to the most westerly tip of Wales at St David’s, Britain’s smallest city. His planning had been rushed and he hadn’t put in any training. He certainly hadn’t expected to be carrying a passenger but a tiny travel troll had decided to hitch a lift and wasn’t proving to be the best of travelling companions.
Royston follows Sustrans National Cycle Network using Regional Route 30 and National Routes 1 and 4 to completely traverse the country at one of its widest points, visiting London en-route.
A useful read for anyone setting out on a long distance, multi day cycle and a great insight for anyone interested in sharing the experience.