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All Routes Budget bike bags - As described in the ride guides the only reliable way to carry an unlimited (within reason) number of bikes on a UK train is to use a bike bag. A simple, very lightweight, cheap (around 10), envelope style bike bag can be quickly and easily made using plastic tarpaulin and gaffa tape (both available from DIY stores). With a shoulder strap borrowed from a sports/shoulder bag clipped to a couple of zip-ties on the frame it's reasonably easy to carry.

Coast to Coast Information update - Click here to obtain contact information for accommodation, bike shops, rail access etc.

GPX file available - just email us or use the Feedback Form, quoting your order number, and we'll send back the GPX file for the 5th edition route.

Note:
GPX files are not available for other routes.

Coast to Coast
Lakeland Loop
Lake District Information Centres - in recent years shortfalls in LDNP funding has lead to the closure of some Info Centres. These ones are definitely open: Bowness Bay, Keswick and Ullswater. For up-to-date info visit the Lake District National Park website.

Scotland - all routes Access Rights - in Scotland everyone has the right to be on most land and water for recreation, education and for going from place to place providing they act responsibly. These access rights and responsibilities are explained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Visit www.outdooraccess-scotland.com for more information.

SYHA closures - quite a few youth hostels have been closed down, whilst others have been refurbished. For more information visit the SYHA website at www.syha.org.uk.

Auchriachan Farm, Tomintoul - the owner, Mrs Duffus, has moved but is still close by and offers B&B. Phone is unchanged (01807 580416). The address is Conglassview, Tomintoul, Moray, Banffshire AB37 9EQ

Scotland Trail Accommodation Lochalsh/Loch Hourn - it's not been confirmed but it seems that the B&B at Corran is no longer in business. A great shame if this is true. Apart from some great wild camping spots along the Glenelg-Corran road here are some alternatives:

Balcraggie House, Old Military Rd, Kyle, Highland IV40. Phone : 01599522313. Email : donna.stiven@gmail.com. Website: balcraggiehouse.co.uk
The Glenelg Inn, Glenelg, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire, The Highlands IV40 8JR. Phone : 01599 522273. Email: info@glenelg-inn.com
Rhona Macdonald, Moyle Park Campsite, Glenelg, Ross-Shire, IV40 8LA, Phone:01599 522242. Email: rhona.macdonald1@btinternet.com
Grants Guesthouse, Ratagan, Glenshiel, IV40 8HP. Phone: 01599 511331. Email: info@housebytheloch.co.uk. Website: www.housebytheloch.co.uk

More info at www.glenelgscotland.com

Auchriachan Farm, Tomintoul - see Scotland - all routes above.

Wessex Way Mendips route tip - a permissive bridleway circumnavigates Wavering Down on the Mendips which will help those who find the climb too challenging. Look out for some singletrack on the saddle between Compton Hill and Wavering Down that keeps to the N side of the ridge past Hill Farm. The views are reputed to be better even though you are lower.

A27/Long Hill route change - the South Downs Way has been re-routed where it crosses the A27 (route direction paragraphs 43 and 44). Click here for map and route directions.

Westcountry Way Important route change in Plymouth - The first leg, from Plymouth Hoe to Laira Bridge, has been re-routed to make use of National Cycle Network route 27. Please click here to download map (now included with the book).

Easy option to Princetown - there is an easy, lane/railpath option from Clearbrook (via Hoo Meavy, Meavy and Dousland) to Princetown that uses the Burrator/Princetown railpath. This avoids the 'technical' climb from the 'Scout hut' (near Nattor and labeled 'Cycle Route' on OS 1:50000 maps). The new section is signed from the Dousland/Burrator road at GR 547676.

 
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