When I cycled lejog last year I cycled the route suggested by Google Maps at the time. I say ‘at the time’ because routing for bicycles on Google Maps is in beta testing and therefore being altered and updated regularly as problems are discovered and improvements are made.
The route proved to be 90% excellent and 10% rubbish. nearly the whole trip was spent cycling along quiet lanes, canal tow paths and cycle ways along disused railway lines etc.. But some of the trip was on completely contrasting, manically busy main roads, normally transitioning between quieter sections.
In a quest to find as quiet and safe a route as possible I have re-routed to avoid busy roads where ever possible and plan to ride the route in June to test it. If I am happy with it I will split it into 50 mile sections and make GPX downloads available through my website www.landsend-to-johnogroats.co.uk.
I will be riding in support of War Child. War Child provide life-changing support to the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war. You can find out more about them here.
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