- is my plan ridiculous? can you suggest better?
i’m at a loose end this saturday – the gf’s working, i’ve got the car and i can’t drum up any riding buddies. i want to get out on the bike somewhere proper, and i’m considering setting off early from north london, riding the summit at Afan for the day and then driving back afterwards.
all in all i’ll probably be lucky to keep it to 7 hours of driving for less than that on the trails when i get there. what do you reckon – is it worth it? if not, where would you suggest that will reduce the driving time but still be worth the effort?Posted 10 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I quite often do Afan on a day raid from that London’s famous London. Best if you have two or three people on board to share the fuel costs and driving, as well as to keep you company.
Leave at about 0700, and with a decent run, you can be on the trails not long after about 1030. Tidy.Posted 10 years agoReluctantMember
Never left London before! LOL! 😆Posted 10 years ago
Personally, i don’t like to drive for longer than i ride, so 6 or 7 hrs in the car for a 3 or 4 hr ride is the wrong equation for me.
I’d be more tempted to do chilterns, north downs or Swinley forest.
Enjoy your day’s riding whatever.rightplacerighttimeMember
Yes – ridiculous.
Instead, spend the day working out how you can move house, find a new job and live somewhere where you can ride from your doorstep.
Or, if you can’t face that – take a train. From N London you can have a nice day out in the Chilterns without wasting too much time traveling. You could get a train to somewhere like Wendover, do a big southerly loop and end up somewhere like Great Missenden and catch the train back. Lot of nice pubs for lunch in places like Monk’s Risborough, Fingest, Christmas Common, Bryant’s Bottom etc. Go buy yourself an OS map of the area today and you can spend a happy hour or two planning a route between now and the weekend.Posted 10 years agoBigDummySubscriber
It has the potential to be relatively low impact if practised sensibly. I reckon that’s about all you can say. 🙂
Personally, the idea of sitting in a car for 7 hours to get a few hours riding in at a trail centre strikes me as completely and utterly insane. There is no way, absolutely no way, I would do it. But hey. 🙂
You asked for a different plan. I’d take the train down from Waterloo to Leatherhead on Friday night, then ride from Leatherhead out to Tanners Hatch YHA on the edge of Ranmore and stay there, either haul supper stuff and a few beers up with me or walk into Westcott for supper. Up good and early Saturday, ride down off the hill in the morning and do a huge Surrey Hills loop finishing up in Dorking. Train back to Waterloo. Travelling time of about 2 hours, tops.Posted 10 years agoRudeBoyMember
I agree with Dez, jump on the M25 go east and head towards to Leith Hill\Holmbury Hill area (junction 8 ) – it took me 1:15 each way from Hackney last weekend…
Did you not have to stop for an extortionately overpriced breakfast at Clacket Lane, first?
Something tells me you’ve gone and bought a silly, fast car, too.. 🙄Posted 10 years agotraildogMember
That is a days driving with a tiny bit of biking thrown in to break it up. If you hardly get out of London then I can understand you wanting to go, but if it was me then I’d stay over night. Get yourself in a B&B or a Hostel, that would make it more of an adventure.Posted 10 years ago
Or ride closer to home. You have a full free day, make the most of it by maximising your riding time. I’d rather ride a mountain bike on the road than spend all that time sitting in a car!!
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