End to End: A guide – part 4. Which route?

 

Part 4 – Which route?

In part 3 of my guide to cycling End to End I discussed which bike is best for the trip, and how your existing bike can be adapted. This week I’ll be taking a look at one of the most important decisions to make before the trip – the choice of route. This article assumes that you are planning your route in advance as I did – if you are confident and want to take the extra challenge, then you can take a map and work it out as your go along, your choice. If you’re planning a route though, keep reading.

1) Useful resources

Planning a LEJOG/JOGLE route may seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry. There are plenty of resources available and with a little time you’ll have a pretty good idea of where you’re going. Here are some good resources you may want to look at:

CTC End to End Pack

Pewseys JOGLE

List Of LEJOG Trips

2) Planning a route

How to plan your route? This is what I would recommend:

1. Look at the example routes below and decide whether you want to do more miles and take quieter roads or follow the main roads for the most direct route

2.Buy a road atlas – you can get them quite cheaply. Try to get one with the highest level of detail possible, and ring bound if you can as you can take pages with you on the trip. While not brilliant for navigating while cycling, they will do the job and are great for planning. Here are some good ones:

3. Plan roughly how many days you want the trip to take, and how many miles a day this will be based on the example route of your choice

4. Using an online planning website and your road atlas for reference, start looking at where you want to go each day, taking into account how many miles it will be

5. Look for accommodation at your overnight stays – you may have to move your route around to accommodate (I know, bad pun) where your stops are

6. Try to settle on a rough route for each day, or at least where you want to get to

3) Example routes

Please note these routes are for either direction – LEJOG or JOGLE – but may not be made that way around

1) The direct route – 850 miles

Alternative: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=263919

2) The slightly longer route – 950 miles

Alternative: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=263929

3) The scenic route (ours) – 1050 miles

Alternative: http://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=263937

More information on our route and JOGLE trip can be found at www.bike4charity.co.uk

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That’s it for this week. In the next article, I will look at the best of ways of staying on track, as well as some other essential equipment for your trip. As ever, don’t hesitate to contact me via the blog or twitter (@SprocketTwitt) if you have any questions

About Matt

I'll admit to being a bit of a kit freak, but cycling is a great sport for that! I've ridden a bike since I can remember, and now mainly cycle on road and on tour. I completed JOGLE in 2010 and plan to tour Europe next year. This blog is my place for product reviews, guides and my opinions on cycling in the UK